GGC hires first VP of Enrollment Management Services

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Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) has named Michael Poll its vice president of Enrollment Management Services. Through this new position, Poll will lead the enrollment and retention efforts of the college and spearhead an innovative strategy to recruit, retain and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow.

“Michael’s role will be integral in the development and implementation of strategies to ensure enrollment stability, foster student success and increase retention through graduation,” said President Stas Preczewski. “Strong leadership, vision and evaluation of enrollment management services will be essential during this pivotal time in the college’s history as it strategically shifts from constant growth to a sustainable model centered on maintaining access for a culturally diverse student body.”

Specializing in strategic enrollment planning, financial aid leveraging and internationalization, Poll helped to develop strategies that increased first-to-second year persistence by seven percent during his most recent tenure at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. There was a 114 percent increase in international enrollment and a six percent increase in minority enrollment under his leadership. Prior to his current role, Poll served as vice president for enrollment management at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania; vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina; and vice president for graduate and undergraduate enrollment for Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He will assume his position at GGC on July 30, 2018.

“My wife Dana and I feel incredibly privileged to join the Georgia Gwinnett community and could not be more excited to begin the journey,” said Poll. “GGC is the only college I am aware of that is steadfast in its dedication to underserved populations. It provides a game-changing model of education that reflects the core values of access, attention and affordability. I am humbled to have the opportunity to play a leadership role at such a college. It’s a great match not only for my abilities, but for the values I hold dear.” 

Poll earned his master of arts in educational administration from San Jose State University in California and his bachelor of science in business management from Menlo College in Atherton, California. 

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