Sommers appointed to Shippensburg University post

William Sommers is the new associate vice president for enrollment management at Shippensburg University. He begins his role July 1. 

Sommers, who has more than 20 years of progressive leadership and management experience in higher education, joins Shippensburg from his post as assistant vice president of enrollment services at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colo. sommers 

He said he is excited about his new role, noting that “while interviewing on campus, I met students, faculty and staff and quickly learned how special Shippensburg University is.”   

Sommers fills the newly designed position and reports to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He will provide strategic leadership and management for all aspects of recruitment, admissions, financial aid, scholarships and registration operations, including strategy development and implementation.  

According to Dr. Barbara Lyman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said strategic enrollment management is a critically important approach for the university in light of demographic shifts, diminishing state allocations, and others changes in higher education. “Following an extensive search process, during which the search committee identified a very talented and experienced pool of candidates, Bill emerged as the person whose combination of leadership strengths, extensive expertise, and collaborative approach would best serve Shippensburg University.“ 

Sommers started his career in admissions as an admissions counselor in 1990 at Ripon College in Wisconsin, followed by progressively more responsible positions at Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin, Colorado Technical University, Parks College in Colorado and Colorado Mountain College.  

While at Colorado Mountain College, he introduced and established a data-informed, strategic approach to enrollment management, and developed and implemented a marketing and recruitment plan that was successful in significantly growing credit student enrollment.   

He also played a key role in various campus initiatives impacting student access and achievement. He was a founding member of the First Year Experience program and worked extensively with faculty and staff supporting the development of the colleges’s first baccalaureate degrees and its Walter Isaacson School of New Media. In his role as the registrar, he implemented several policy changes, process improvements and technology enhancements that improved service to students.