Marietta College hires proven leader as Vice President for Enrollment Management

Scot Schaeffer headshot

Marietta College President William N. Ruud announced today (January 25, 2019) the appointment of Scot Schaeffer as the College’s Vice President for Enrollment Management. Schaeffer will assume the role on March 5. 

“Scot Schaeffer has a long and successful record in student recruitment and retention efforts, so we are confident he will be a strong leader and provide stability within our enrollment management team,” President Ruud said. “Scot understands the complex and exciting world of enrollment management, and he is the right person to help the College continue on its positive trajectory in enrollment.”

President Ruud said he’s also looking forward to having Schaeffer mentor a promising team of professionals in Admission and Student Financial Services.

“We have some outstanding employees in these two areas, who have been doing amazing work since I arrived in 2016,” Ruud said. “Now they will have a strong leader who has a long-term vision for enrollment growth and improving retention.”

Schaeffer has served as the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, since July 2007. During that stretch, he has led an enrollment team that has increased applications by 92 percent and diversity enrollment by 40 percent over the past 11 years.

“I am honored to be chosen as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Marietta College, and I am excited to join such a well-respected institution and for the opportunity to work with President Ruud,” Schaeffer said. “It was very clear to me during my interview that the enrollment team will have the full support of senior leadership, as well as the faculty and staff at Marietta. I can’t wait to get started and become a part of the Marietta College family.” 

Schaeffer, who was selected from a field of more than 40 applicants, is responsible for undergraduate and graduate admissions and financial aid at Marietta College. He is also responsible for meeting the enrollment and net tuition revenue goals for the College.

In 11 years at Luther, Schaeffer implemented numerous successful initiatives, including a student fly-in program, counselor fly-in program, alumni recruitment and scholarship program and a redesigned visit program that increased visits.

Prior to Luther, Schaeffer was the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of North Carolina-Asheville from June 2002 to June 2007. He helped increase freshman enrollment 63 percent over a two-year period and coordinated the creation of a new series of recruitment publications.

Other positions that Schaeffer has held include Dean of Admission at the University of Evansville (Indiana) from 1999-2001, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Kentucky Wesleyan College from 1998-99 and Director of Admission at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, from 1992-97. He was also the Acting Dean of Admissions/Director of Admissions from 1991-92 and Associate Director of Admissions from 1990-91 at St. Norbert.

A graduate of DePaul University, Schaeffer started his admission career at his alma mater. He was an Admissions Counselor from 1983-86, Assistant Director of Admissions from 1986-89 and Associate Director of Admissions from 1989-90.

Schaeffer’s undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, and he earned a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Quality from Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.