Westminster College Selects David Rhodes as Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid

Monday, October 1, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College has selected David J. Rhodes as Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid following a national search. Rhodes will start Nov. 1.

Rhodes, a western Pennsylvania native, has nearly three decades of experience in enrollment management, including more than 15 years at the executive level. He has developed data-driven programs that have produced increases in enrollment, student academic profile, retention and revenues at four different institutions.

"We are very excited to have David Rhodes join the Westminster College community," said Westminster College President Dr. Richard Dorman. "He brings decades of successful enrollment management experience, along with an appreciation of Westminster College's mission and commitment to provide students a high-quality, affordable, private education in a supportive environment."

"I consider it an honor to join the Westminster community," Rhodes said. "Westminster is a prestigious institution and I look forward to working with the outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff to help Westminster achieve its goals."

Rhodes has served as vice president for enrollment management at Marietta College, Ohio, since 2006. He helped increase Marietta's academic profile to a 35-year high and also increased total enrollment by 12 percent. Under his leadership, Marietta experienced an increase in its international student population, especially from China and Saudi Arabia.

He served as vice president for enrollment at Oglethorpe College in Atlanta, from 2003-2006 where he helped increase applications by 120 percent and total enrollment by over 30 percent. Rhodes was vice president for enrollment at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, from 1995-2003 and helped increase enrollment by 30 percent and raised the academic profile of new students to all-time record levels. He worked at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., from 1983-1995, including serving as director of admissions for nearly four years.

Rhodes earned a bachelor's degree in business administration/economics from Thiel and a master of business administration from Heidelberg. He and his wife, Bonnie, have three sons.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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David J. Rhodes