Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions

Wake Forest University, the nation’s premier collegiate university offering the personal attention of a liberal arts college with the resources of a large research institution, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for an inaugural Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions.

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with more than 8,000 students. A distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs, the undergraduate population of more than 5,100 hails from 49 states and more than 50 foreign countries. In September 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Wake Forest as one of the top 30 National Universities for the 23rd consecutive year. In addition to the overall standing of 27th place, Wake Forest stands 13th in Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching and 24th for Best Value.

As an institution that values exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory, Wake Forest seeks a visionary enrollment leader who will grasp the exceptional nature of this preeminent university and engage in innovative strategies to enhance the University’s ability to attract, recruit, select, and enroll a talented and diverse population of students. The Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions will have a dual reporting line to the President and Provost. While leading a superb and distinctive undergraduate admissions and financial aid function, the new Vice Provost will be highly engaged with and responsive to Wake Forest's dedicated partners, such as senior leadership, trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alums, internally and externally.

The new enrollment leader will display a sense of curiosity that inspires creativity and also the analytical and intellectual abilities to evaluate the effectiveness of recruitment and financial aid plans. The Vice Provost will possess superior communication skills, strong listening skills, and the ability to make connections across the University in order to promote collaboration and the sharing of information. In addition, the successful candidate will have a track record of admissions/enrollment success; a high level of technical competence; an eagerness to engage in meaningful interchange about enrollment priorities, challenges, and trade-offs; a nuanced understanding of the importance and impact of financial aid policy and award strategy to achieve institutional ambitions; and the ability to embrace and extend the distinct mission of the University.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, available at These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Wake Forest University’s consultants Amy Crutchfield, Pat Coleman, and Ann Wright at The consultants can also be reached through the desk of Paula Verace at

The Wake Forest University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.