Admissions Director Jackie Clark has been promoted to vice chancellor of UNC Pembroke's new Office of Enrollment Management, according to an announcement by Chancellor Allen C. Meadors. The appointment is effective Nov. 1.
The new office will incorporate the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Advisement and Retention and some related Support Services.
Ms. Clark has been very successful in the Admissions Office with total enrollment up 32 percent and freshman enrollment up more than 50 percent in two years, Chancellor Meadors said. Average SAT scores and GPAs for incoming freshman have also risen over that period.
"Ms. Clark has shown the ability to adapt to change and to lead her staff in the change process," Chancellor Meadors said. "Over the next several years, we will need to focus on our entire enrollment management processes, and I know that Ms. Clark will provide the tireless leadership necessary to move this great university forward in the area of enrollment management."
"We welcome her as a member of the executive administrative team," he said.
Ms. Clark is a UNCP graduate and a 12-year UNCP employee. She has worked in several other offices, including Advisement and Retention, Student Support Services and Freshman Seminar.
"I have enjoyed the many opportunities to serve the university over the years," Ms. Clark said. "We have set some very aggressive goals, and we have made a great deal of progress."
"UNC Pembroke was a great place to study when I was an undergraduate, and it was a great place for my daughter, who graduated in 2000," she said. "I have a natural passion for this university and for helping it grow."
The new office poses many challenges, Ms. Clark said.
"Starting up a new office is always a challenge," she said. "There will be great deal of information to assess and programming to develop."
The new Office of Enrollment Management will be located at 432 Lumbee Hall.
Ms. Clark received a Master's of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling from Campbell University. She was a high school guidance counselor and counselor with several programs at UNCP. She also worked for the U.S. Department of Defense in Germany as a Community Service Center manager.
She has received advanced training in enrollment management, student retention, marketing and admissions. She is an enrollment management consultant with Noel-Levitz, Inc., a national leader in higher education consulting.
Ms. Clark is married to Dexter Clark, and they have two children: Jessica, a law student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Tara, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.