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Johnson to leave CMU June 30

Led new Enrollment and Student Services Division with focus on recruitment, retention

Contact: Heather Smith


200x300_2012-044-004  Steven L Johnson -VP.jpgSteven Johnson, vice president for enrollment and student services, today announced he is leaving Central Michigan University, effective June 30. 

He was the first vice president of ESS at CMU, having started in the role in January 2012. His achievements include:

  • Creating the university's first comprehensive enrollment management plan.
  • Establishing a comprehensive professional development program for the division, with a leadership conference that has been expanded to serve all CMU staff.
  • Reengineering academic advising to promote student success, with emphasis on resource allocation and procedure alignment.
  • Introducing a new merit-based financial aid program consistent with the university's recruitment and retention goals. This effort increased CMU's student profile and first-to-second-year retention rate.
  • Creating the Office of Student Success.

"Steven has been instrumental in bringing the concept of strategic enrollment to the forefront," President Bob Davies said. "He accelerated CMU's emphasis on student success and brought a new level of planning to our student recruitment and retention efforts. I wish Steven all the best as he moves forward."

Johnson said he will be completing his dissertation this summer in advance of beginning another position.

He previously worked at CMU from 1997 to 2000, serving as director of operations and professional development in what was then the College of Extended Learning, now called Global Campus. Following that, he had leadership positions at Howard University and Pace University.

"I am honored to have worked for CMU on two different occasions during my professional career," Johnson said. "I have learned so much through my engagement with the quality faculty, supportive staff and outstanding students here at CMU."

Voisin to be interim during national search for replacement

Davies has named Tony Voisin, associate vice president for student affairs, to serve as interim vice president while a national search is conducted. A search committee will be named soon, as will a search firm to support the committee's efforts.

Voisin earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from CMU. He began his career at Central in 1985, working in residence life before becoming the director of alumni relations in 1999. In 2001, Voisin was named director of student life and subsequently served as interim dean of students before assuming his current position in 2012.


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