Search for the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
University of California, Merced
The University of California (UC) Merced, the youngest campus in the world-renowned University of California system, seeks an experienced and innovative strategist to serve as their inaugural Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management (Vice Chancellor). This is a remarkable moment in the history of UC Merced, as the campus recently completed a $1.3 billion, 13-building expansion project (Merced 2020 Project) and has set a goal to reach 15,000 students by the early to mid-2030s. Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor will have the tremendous opportunity to build a state-of-the-art enrollment management office that will foster growth and support the University’s ambitious Strategic Plan. They will be encouraged to be innovative and to engage in strategic risk-taking to craft and implement a vision for the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and success of a highly diverse student body and to competitively position UC Merced nationally and internationally for its next distinguished chapter of growth.
Opened to undergraduates in 2005, UC Merced was the first new UC campus in 40 years and the first American research university of the 21st century. UC Merced was established purposefully to uplift educational, health, societal, environmental, and economic outcomes, and to build civic capacity in an underserved region. Drawing from the community and cultural wealth of its diverse, predominantly first-generation students, UC Merced seeks to promote excellence through equity and justice and honors a broad representation of backgrounds on the campus. UC Merced takes pride in its outstanding faculty and their highly prestigious research awards and scholarly publications. Their total contracts and grants multi-year budget exceeded $300 million since the university’s inception. In FY21, research expenditures were $45.9M. UC Merced’s approximately 300 ladder-rank faculty members have a wide range of interdisciplinary research interests and have won numerous awards.
After only a decade, UC Merced experienced a significant milestone, appearing in the U.S News & World Report rankings for the first time in 2017. UC Merced now ranks #28 among public universities and #60 overall among national universities, and #4 for creating social mobility and remains the youngest university in the top 100. UC Merced achieved R2 status (“doctoral-granting university with higher research activity,” per the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) in record time, with plans to achieve R1 status very soon. Additionally, the campus has previously earned Carnegie’s prestigious Classification for Community Engagement and the Seal of Excelencia, a testament to its deep commitment to serving the Central Valley and a diverse student body. Since welcoming its first freshman class, UC Merced has grown in enrollment to approximately 8,400 undergraduate and 775 graduate students in its three schools: School of Engineering, School of Natural Sciences, and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. More than 99% of undergraduates are from California. The campus has embarked on a plan to develop 20 new mid- to large-enrollment majors over the next few years, and it is already seeing the fruits of those efforts in spring 2024 application numbers.
Reporting to the Chancellor, and as a key member of the leadership team, the Vice Chancellor will have the opportunity to build an enrollment management office and identity for this young campus to become a destination of choice for an increasing number of prospective students within California and beyond. The Vice Chancellor will strategically utilize data and predictive analytics to increase the visibility of UC Merced and broadly enhance student matriculation and success efforts, especially working closely with the EVC/Provost, deans, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. To be successful, the Vice Chancellor will bring a depth of experience that guides critical campus decision-making and continues to foster a culture of enrollment management as a university-wide responsibility. The Vice Chancellor will provide high-level strategy while leading a strong and dedicated team to address the following opportunities and challenges:
Craft a compelling enrollment strategy that propels UC Merced’s growth agenda;
Expand UC Merced’s visibility and appeal regionally, across California, nationally, and internationally;
Cultivate an Enrollment Management team and infrastructure for excellence; and
Work collaboratively in support of university-wide retention and student success efforts.
The University of California, Merced is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is $144,500 - $292,100. The budgeted salary range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $250,000 - $290,000.
Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm, has been retained to support UC Merced in this recruitment. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: