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Susan Schaurer | The Wright State Guardian

Wright State University (WSU) appoints Susan Schaurer to oversee enrollment, marketing and recruitment programs, hoping to spark new recruitment efforts. 

The position

Following a months-long search, WSU names Schaurer as new vice president for enrollment management and chief recruitment officer. 

Schaurer replaces interim Chief Recruitment Officer Jen McCamis. McCamis took over the position from Rob Durkle on Nov. 1, 2020, when Durkle had to retire due to health reasons

The new administrator will oversee all undergraduate and transfer recruitment efforts, as well as admissions, the college credit plus program (CCP), RaiderConnect, the University Center for International Education (UCIE) and the university’s Office of Marketing. 

Enrollment efforts

WSU has seen a decline in overall enrollment over the past four years with numbers in the fall of 2018 at 15,558 total students. Going into the 2022 spring semester, enrollment numbers rest at 7,826 for the Dayton campus, according to university data presented by President Sue Edwards during the Dec. 10, 2021, Board of Trustees meeting.

Declining student involvement was also discussed during this meeting. Edwards hopes to remedy declining numbers by promoting her recruitment, retention and relationship campaign. 

Edwards discussed increasing recruitment efforts in the transfer student and international student population. WSU has renewed partnerships with several local community colleges, including Clark State, during the recent fall semester. 

As chief recruitment officer, Schaurer will continue these efforts and enhance existing ones, according to a WSU Newsroom press release

The appointee

Schaurer holds over 13 years in higher education experience with her most recent position at Miami University, another regional Ohio university. There she also led enrollment and marketing efforts.

The highest level of education Schaurer holds is a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton, according to the release. 

This appointment fills one of five still open administrative positions.

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