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Loyola University New Orleans Welcomes New Vice President of Enrollment Management

Loyola press release - April 27, 2017

Dr. John D. Head joins Loyola June 19, 2017

Loyola University New Orleans President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., announced today that John D. Head, Ed. D., has been named the university’s new vice president of Enrollment Management. As vice president of Enrollment Management at Loyola, Head will oversee the newly consolidated admissions and enrollment efforts for undergraduate, graduate (non-law), and continuing studies at the university.

“Enrollment management is an essential part of the success of any university, and Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to have identified an excellent leader,” Wildes said. “Dr. Head brings to Loyola the expertise and knowledge needed to attract and retain the best and brightest as Loyola consolidates its admissions and enrollment process and develops cutting-edge new programs and offerings that best suit the needs of the 21st-century learner.”

Head comes to Loyola from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., where he has served as associate vice president of enrollment management since July 2012. In this position, he has held responsibility for all undergraduate admissions and retention efforts. He supervises approximately 100 employees in nine departments addressing undergraduate admissions, financial aid, academic advising, academic success, adult learners and veterans, enrollment services, international student admissions and programs, and Registrar. During his nearly five-year tenure, the University of West Georgia has experienced overall enrollment growth of 13 percent as well as increased enrollment of first-time, full-time freshmen by nearly 20 percent. Transfer enrollment has increased by more than 13 percent while the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate has increased by nearly 2 full percentage points. Head has instituted a number of successful measures designed to address retention and timely degree completion and promote academic success, including the Advising Center, the Center for Academic Success, and the Office of Graduate and International Admissions.

Previously, Head served a decade as vice president of enrollment management at Shorter University in Rome, Ga., where he led all recruitment and retention initiatives for approximately 3,500 students. During his tenure, Shorter University’s Office of Admissions reversed a decreasing trend in new student enrollment and enrolled the seven largest entering classes in the college’s history. Between fall 2003 and fall 2011, enrollment in the traditional undergraduate program increased 70 percent.

Head started the university’s Office of Student Engagement and Success and implemented predictive modeling and demographic mapping in the recruitment process for undergraduate admissions. Head also served on a three-person leadership team designed to develop and manage the institutional financial aid budget. In this capacity, he developed a financial aid policy that maximized the enrollment of student athletes for the investment of institutional financial aid dollars; he also reorganized institutional financial aid programs to develop a need-based aid program that would help make the university an affordable option for middle-class families left out of federal financial aid programs. Head also has extensive experience working with international students to ensure student success.

Previously in his career, Head served as dean of students, dean of institutional advancement, and director of admissions at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tenn., among other career experiences. He taught speech and communication courses at Shorter University, Tennessee Wesleyan, and Shorter College.

Head holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Shorter College, a master’s degree in broadcast management from University of Georgia, and a doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Tennessee. He also has matriculated from the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute; Leadership Rome, a leadership training program for business, civic, and community leaders; and The Fundraising School at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

Head has been affiliated with and held leadership positions in a wide range of community organizations, including The First Baptist Church of Rome, Ga.; the Rome-Seven Hills Rotary Club; the Ruble International Educational Initiative; the Open Door Children’s Home; and both the Georgia and Tennessee Associations of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, as well as the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be joining Loyola University New Orleans,” Head said. “Loyola is committed to educating the whole person, helping students understand that we have a responsibility to serve God and all of humanity. Loyola has a great academic reputation, and I am very excited about working for such an outstanding institution. I am definitely looking forward to serving alongside so many of the talented and gifted individuals I met while on campus.”

Head joins Loyola on June 19, 2017.