Enrollment management VP resigns

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

Andy Wright, vice president for Enrollment Management resigned this morning according to an email from President Ron Rochon to the campus community.

Wright will be working on enrollment management-related special projects until June 30 according to the email.

The resignation comes as total enrollment dropped for the eighth consecutive year this fall. Undergraduate and graduate enrollment dropped 3% from 2018-2019 to this year and has steadily declined under Wright, who was hired by former President Linda Bennett in October of 2014.

Wright said in an interview in October that one of his focuses this year was identifying opportunities to provide more need-based aid for students coming from low-income families. The university will also be participating in the Midwest Student Exchange Program in 2021, which was passed by the Board of Trustees in January under the recommendation of Wright.

“A new enrollment management structure will be established to assist us in our continued recruitment and retention efforts and goals,” Rochon wrote in the email. “An announcement about the new structure will be forthcoming.”

The Shield reached out to Wright, but he declined to comment.