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Recruitment, retention VP finalists named

Four top candidates invited for on-campus interviews, forums

Contact: Heather Smith


The search for Central Michigan University's first vice president for student recruitment and retention has been narrowed to four candidates who have been invited to campus beginning tomorrow.

CMU President Bob Davies has identified student recruitment and retention as top priorities for CMU amid enrollment challenges affecting higher education nationwide. 

The vice president will be responsible for the main aspects of student recruitment and retention, including Admissions, Scholarships and Financial Aid, the Registrar's Office, the Office of Student Success, and the Career Development Center.

The 12-member search committee, assisted by search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates, has invited Lee Furbeck, Dawn Medley, Anne Monroe and Jennifer DeHaemers to visit campus over the next two weeks. 

Each candidate will meet with faculty, staff and students at open forums in the Park Library Baber Room. Here are dates and details for their visits:

Tuesday, Jan. 28: Lee Furbeck

Open forum 3-4 p.m. 

  • Lee Furbeck has been executive director of admissions at Central Michigan University since January 2019. Previously, she was director of undergraduate admissions and student transition at Cleveland State University, senior associate director in the admissions office at the University of Kansas and associate director of admissions at Iowa State University. She has a doctorate in English from the University of Missouri. 

Monday, Feb. 3: Dawn Medley

Open forum 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

  • Dawn Medley is associate vice president for enrollment management and chief enrollment officer at Wayne State University in Detroit, a position she has held since 2016. Previously, she held enrollment and retention positions at several colleges and universities, including St. Andrews University, Warren Wilson College, Missouri Valley College, Forest Institute and the University of Arkansas. She holds a Master of Science degree in administration from Southeast Missouri State University; a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri; and an education specialist, higher education leadership degree from Lindenwood University.

Tuesday, Feb. 4: Anne Monroe

Open forum 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

  • Anne Monroe is vice president of recruitment consulting services at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a recruitment consulting and enrollment management service in Iowa. She previously served in student services and admissions roles in the Virgin Islands and in Michigan, including Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, CMU, Interlochen Center for the Arts and Alma College. She has a doctorate in higher, adult and lifelong education from Michigan State University and master's and bachelor's degrees from CMU. 

Wednesday, Feb. 5: Jennifer DeHaemers 

Open forum time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

  • Jennifer DeHaemers has been associate chancellor for enrollment management at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., since May 2018. Prior to her current role, she was involved in enrollment management and admissions in various positions at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, from 1997 to 2017. She holds a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Central Missouri.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend all open forums as their schedules allow. There is no requirement to stay for the entire time, and participants may come and go as needed. Those unable to attend the forums can view a livestream of each one; links are available on the senior officer searches website.

Job-related feedback can be submitted by completing a candidate evaluation form at the open forums or by emailing comments to president@cmich.edu.


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