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WSU names chief recruitment and admissions officer

Robert Durkle | Photo by Wright State Newsroom

Effective June 1, 2020, Robert Durkle will be the new chief recruitment and admissions officer for Wright State University, according to a university release.

“Durkle is uniquely suited to hit the ground running to lead Wright State’s recruitment and admissions efforts,” said Wright State President Sue Edwards, according to the release.

Wright State faces reductions in state funding and decreased student enrollment in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Wright State expects to be forced to make more difficult decisions about the operations of the university and needs to invest in recruiting new students, according to Edwards.

“Now more than ever, our strategies of recruitment, retention and relationships are vital for the future of our university. As chief recruitment and admissions officer, Mr. Durkle will play a pivotal role in the execution of these strategies,” said Edwards.

Durkle will be part of the senior leadership team and report to Edwards. He will be focusing on creating an effective plan to recruit new students and build positive relationships with the Wright State community, faculty, staff and alumni.

He will oversee several departments such as Undergraduate Recruitment, Financial Aid, Admissions, UCIE, RaiderConnect, College Credit Plus, Transfer and the Office of Marketing, according to the release.

Durkle has 40 years of experience in leadership positions in admissions, recruitment and financial aid at the University of Dayton.

He is currently the associate vice president of enrollment management and the dean of admission and financial aid. Durkle is a lifelong Dayton-area resident with a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Dayton and familial connections to Wright State, according to the release.

Natalie Cunningham

Former News Reporter