Sommers appointed to Shippensburg University post
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.
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
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
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
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