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Robert Alexander to Become Vice President of Enrollment and Communications at Millsaps College

Feb 4, 2013

Robert Alexander, associate provost for enrollment since 2008, has announced he will leave Pacific to become the vice president for enrollment and communications at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. He will remain at Pacific through March.

"Rob has had a dramatic impact on Pacific's enrollment picture," said Provost Maria Pallavicini. "Thanks to Rob and his team, Pacific's undergraduate applications have nearly quadrupled and we have the most academically talented students Pacific has ever had. I wish him all the best in his new role."

Pallavicini said that Tim Naccarato, assistant dean for academic programs at the McGeorge School of Law, will serve as interim head of enrollment. Naccarato, who has previously served as an interim head of admissions at McGeorge, will begin on March 1 and serve until a new associate provost can begin. The provost will soon announce a search committee in order to have someone in place in fall 2013.

At Pacific, Alexander oversaw the offices of Admission, Financial Aid, and the University Registrar. As the University's chief enrollment officer, Alexander led the University's messaging on financial aid and Pacific's four-year graduation guarantee in publications, media interviews, and lobbying efforts with state lawmakers. He made changes in admissions marketing, application processing and financial aid strategy that have helped to maintain stable enrollments and tuition revenue. Undergraduate, transfer and international applications have all risen.

"It has been a privilege to collaborate with such a dedicated team of professionals here at Pacific, and I will miss each of them.  Our work has strengthened Pacific's student enrollment and left the university well poised to achieve the goals of the new strategic plan."

Prior to Pacific, Alexander served as assistant vice president for enrollment management and adjunct professor of business at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., managing enrollment efforts immediately following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He and his team worked to recruit and retain students, and Tulane's enrollment quickly surpassed pre-Katrina levels of quality and quantity.

Millsaps College, founded in 1890, is a Methodist-associated liberal arts college and business school in Jackson, Miss. Enrolling about 1,000 students, Millsaps is the top-ranked national liberal arts college in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges.

See the Millsaps College announcement here.