Four candidates for the position of Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management will visit campus July 16-19.
Open forums will be held for each candidate.
- Monday, July 16, Jim Anderson, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services for Boise State University, 2-3 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
- Tuesday, July 17, Shelli Soto, enrollment consultant and former Assistant Vice Provost at Arizona State University, 2-3 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
- Wednesday, July 18, LTC Timothy Viles, Associate Director for Enrollment and Recruiting at the United States Military Academy at West Point, 2-3 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
- Thursday, July 19, Albert Colom, associate vice president for Enrollment Services, University of North Florida, 2-3 p.m., Education 115
Reporting to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management oversees the implementation of the University vision and strategy for a variety of programs and units on campus. These include the areas of graduate and undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, One Stop Student Services, Student Account Services, Student Academic Services, Academic Support, Student Success Center, Career Services, Veteran and Nontraditional Student Services, Testing Services, and Disability Services for Students. The University has reorganized functional responsibility for enrollment management to support the recruitment, enrollment and success of students.
Biographies were submitted by each candidate.
Jim Anderson is Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services for Boise State University. In his current position, Jim oversees the Office of Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid and Scholarships, and Enrollment Research. In addition, Jim also serves as an Associate Consultant for Ruffalo Noel-Levitz focusing on strategic enrollment planning, recruitment planning, and financial aid optimization. Jim has consulted with community colleges, public universities, and private colleges in the U.S. and Canada.
Prior to joining Boise State University, Jim held roles at Texas Tech University as Director for Enrollment Planning, and Associate Director of Student Financial Aid.
Jim has notable expertise in: strategic enrollment planning, recruitment planning, enrollment forecasting, financial aid leveraging, scholarship programming, communications, territory management, and information technology.
Jim has worked in higher education for over 15 years and in K-12 for 4 years. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech with an emphasis on Higher Education Administration.
Outside of work, Jim enjoys keeping up with his family, cooking barbeque, and restoring cars.
Shelli Soto began her career in higher education administration at the University of Texas School of Law in 1994 after completing her B.A. in economics at the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. at the University of Texas School of Law. With her early work in admissions and recruitment, she became a leader among law school admissions professionals. She became known for innovative recruitment work and then naturally expanded her interests and work into retention, student services, and enrollment management issues more broadly.
Over the course of more than 20 years, she has held a number of leadership positions and been granted ever-increasing responsibilities. She worked on enrollment management issues as Assistant Vice Provost at Arizona State University and served as Executive Associate Dean of Students and Chief of Staff at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, as well as Interim Dean. While at ASU, she worked with stakeholders across the university to evaluate and advance graduate enrollment, recruitment, and admissions efforts and processes. In that role, she also worked with committees and leadership, setting policy and designing strategy for undergraduate enrollment, admissions, recruitment, and financial aid and scholarship. While doing important work for the university, she served as the internal/administrative dean in the law school, overseeing all administrative functions for enrollment services, admissions, financial aid and scholarships, retention, marketing, recruitment, student life, advising, transfer student enrollment, career services, alumni relations, events, new student orientation, and centers and programs.
She has been a leader at one of the most entrepreneurial and innovative institutions in the country and assisted in that university’s growth across all fronts (first time freshmen, transfer, graduate, and international). At a highly selective institution, she engaged in transformative work to ensure the enrollment of diverse classes during the anti-affirmative action movement of the 90’s. She used that energy and innovation on diversity efforts to direct ground-breaking pipeline programs for one of the premier Hispanic Serving Institutions in the country.
Shelli has been honored many times for her work. ASU’s Disability Resource Center awarded her the Intergroup Relations Service Award for work with students who are differently abled, and the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law named her as their 2009 honoree for outstanding achievement in advancing equal opportunity. ASU’s Indian Legal Program honored her in a blanket ceremony in 2015, and in 2001, the Texas Senate personally recognized her work in Resolution 231.
Shelli believes in compassionate, collaborative leadership and is a favorite among past staffers as well as executives relying on her to lead through times of significant change. She brings a great deal of experience partnering with constituents inside and outside of the university to build new programs and to advance existing initiatives. Her reputation and expertise has led to service on national boards and work groups to develop best practices in enrollment management. Currently, she is doing consulting work focused on reviewing, modernizing, and transforming enrollment operations.
LTC Timothy Viles
LTC Timothy C. Viles serves as the Associate Director for Enrollment and Recruiting at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He is a 1995 graduate of the United States Military Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation branch and reported to the 18th Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina serving as a CH-47 Chinook Platoon Leader.
In July 2000, LTC Viles was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he commanded the Headquarters Company for the 159th Aviation Brigade and served as the Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division. From August 2002 to May 2004, LTC Viles attended Purdue University where he earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration. His follow-on assignment brought him back to West Point where he served as a Regional Commander for the Directorate of Admissions at the United States Military Academy until July 2007.
LTC Viles was selected by the Department of the Army to attend the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was subsequently assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division and deployed to the Iraq Theatre of Operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he partnered with and trained the Iraqi 2nd Commando Battalion. Upon redeploying from Iraq, LTC Viles was assigned to Central Command Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida where he served as the Chief of Operational Plans for the Arabian Peninsula. In October 2012, he was requested to return to West Point for his current assignment at the United States Military Academy.
LTC Viles’ military education includes Airborne and Air Assault Schools, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, CH-47 Chinook Qualification Course, Aviation Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Joint Forces Staff College, and the Army Command and General Staff College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
LTC Viles resides at West Point.
Albert N. Colom is a nearly 34-year higher education veteran, serves as the associate vice president for Enrollment Services (ES). He joined the University of North Florida (UNF) in 2014 from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he served as vice president for Enrollment Management with 22 departments and a budget of more than $100 million.
Albert has led the enrollment and retention efforts of a number of different institutions across the country, including Bowling Green State University, Oklahoma State University, Florida Atlantic University, University of South Florida and now at UNF, where he has significantly changed the enrollment model to one of strategic management and directionality. He and his nearly 100-member staff have increased the academic profile, the student body and the student credit hours in each of the last three years. With every outcome measured, the ES organization under Albert’s leadership has been able to pivot quickly and nimbly to ensure that student needs are met.
Albert, along with a senior leadership team of four, leads the following institutional functional areas and departments: Admissions, Articulation Coordination, Commencement, Enrollment Management Planning and Operations (compliance, regulations, systems, predictive enrollment modeling and financial aid leveraging), ES Integrated Marketing and Strategic communication, Financial Aid, the Jacksonville Commitment, New Student Orientation (first-year mentors), One-Stop Student Services, Records and Registration, the Student Enrollment Communication Center, Student Scholarships and Work Study (student employment), the Texting Talons, Transfer Student Services and the Welcome Center (campus tours and Swoop Squad).