Vice provost for enrollment will ‘champion the student experience’

A new university position, vice provost for enrollment, has been created, incorporating oversight of the offices of admissions, financial aid and the university registrar, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced April 11.

Jason Locke, who had served as Cornell’s associate vice provost for enrollment since 2014, will serve as interim in the position as a national search is conducted in the coming months to fill the new role.

The vice provost for enrollment role, which will report directly to Kotlikoff, was created with the aim of increasing collaboration at the leadership level; expanding the reach and maximizing effectiveness of universitywide enrollment functions across colleges and schools; and supporting recruitment and admissions for first-year students and managing enrollment across all four years.

“This new role is an opportunity to build on the successes of each of the three units – admissions, financial aid and the registrar – and continue to champion the student experience that distinguishes Cornell University,” Kotlikoff said.

Additionally, the new role will focus on university priorities, including recruitment of an academically excellent, broadly diverse class and improving accessibility by ensuring central financial aid dollars are used most effectively. The vice provost also will work collaboratively to build closer connections with the undergraduate colleges.

Locke has more than 20 years of experience in undergraduate admissions at Cornell. Most recently, he led undergraduate enrollment management, undergraduate admissions and financial aid programs and supported the university’s commitment to access and affordability.

The search to fill the new post will commence soon, Kotlikoff said.

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