Arlene Wesley Cash, vice president for enrollment management at Spelman College, will become the new Vice Provost for Enrollment at University of the Pacific effective Dec. 1
Arlene Wesley Cash appointed Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
Arlene Wesley Cash, a higher education leader with more than 30 years of experience in the enrollment management area, has been appointed to serve as the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at the University of the Pacific, following a national search. She will assume her new role Dec. 1.
"Arlene brings an exceptional passion for service and students, and a wealth of experience and success in managing enrollment at private and public institutions. She has an impressive record working collaboratively to increase the diversity and academic competitiveness of students, while improving retention and graduation rates," said University Provost Maria Pallavicini. "I am proud to welcome her to the Pacific family."
Cash comes to Pacific from Spelman College in Atlanta, where she served for 10 years as vice president for enrollment management. As Pacific's Vice Provost, she will coordinate and support enrollment management across the University's three campuses and nine schools and colleges, defining and structuring the administrative and student services functions and overseeing and coordinating the enrollment functions for undergraduate, graduate and international students.
"Arlene brings an exceptional passion for service and students and a wealth of experience and success in managing enrollment at private and public institutions," said University Provost Maria Pallavicini. "She has an impressive record working collaboratively to increase the diversity and academic competitiveness of students, while improving retention and graduation rates. I am proud to welcome her to the Pacific family."
In designing the University's strategic enrollment planning initiatives, Cash will lead and develop the areas of student recruitment, admissions and retention. The offices of admission, financial aid and the registrar will be under her direct supervision.
"University of the Pacific is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in providing creative and innovative learning experiences for its students," said Cash. "I look forward to becoming a part of this visionary team in the very near future!"
In addition to her leadership at Spelman, Cash has served as dean of enrollment at the University of Arkansas and held admissions leadership roles at UMass Amherst, Boston University and Kent State University. Throughout her career, she has served professionally and in a voluntary capacity with Upward Bound programs across the country, including those at Kent State University, UMass Boston, Brandeis University and Case Western Reserve University.
Cash is an alumna of the UMass Boston Upward Bound Program. During her tenure at Kent State, the university's multicultural graduate student enrollment increased by 120 percent. Under her watch at the University of Massachusetts, the average SAT of entering students increased by nearly 10 percent. At the University of Arkansas, initiatives she led helped to increase the proportion of African American undergraduate students by 10 percent and Hispanic students by 5 percent. And at Spelman, first-year retention moved from 82 percent to 91 percent and the 6-year graduation rate increased from 75 percent to a high of 81 percent.
Cash has served on a number of boards and committees of the College Board, including the College Scholarship Services Board, Commission on Access and Equity, Midwestern Region Board, Retention Advisory Board, and Dream Deferred Coordinating Conference Committee. She has also held a number of posts as a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.
A frequent presenter at conferences and professional meetings, Cash has been interviewed for NPR's Talk of the Nation, participated in a panel presentation on NBC's Today Show and is the author of numerous articles on college admissions. She earned bachelor's degrees in English and philosophy at Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y., a master's in philosophy at Kent State University, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in higher education leadership at the University of Georgia.
Tim Naccarato, assistant dean for academic programs at the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, is serving as interim head of enrollment while the national search was conducted for a new vice provost for enrollment management. Naccarato assumed the role after Robert Alexander, who had managed enrollment since 2008, left the University to become vice president for enrollment and communications at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.