Associate Vice President for Admissions

October 16, 2018
Priority Deadline to Apply:
November 16, 2018
Georgian Court University

Position Description

Georgian Court University, in partnership with the national search firm of Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Admissions. Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Associate Vice President will be responsible for the strategic development, implementation, tracking, and evaluation of all University activities in student recruitment and enrollment. The position of Associate Vice President represents the key leadership component and opportunity at the University in growing its undergraduate population, while expanding its graduate, online, and continuing education market enrollment. The Associate Vice President administers the operational, financial, and personnel functions to accomplish the University's enrollment goals and objectives, provides leadership in recruitment of students while using data to make evidence - based decisions, and develops and directs fiscal and resource strategies, plans and policies.

The Associate Vice President’s position will require both broad oversight as well as a hands-on management style, including a working knowledge of current best-practices in student recruitment, student retention, and strategic management of financial aid and financial aid leveraging practices. Collaboration throughout the University on all matters concerning enrollment and retention of all new students is required. He/she will provide leadership in designing the University’s enrollment strategies and is expected to make sophisticated use of high-quality, data-driven, evidence-based enrollment decisions, utilize best practices in enrollment management, while inspiring others on campus to work collaboratively in achieving enrollment goals. The new Associate Vice President must be innovative and adept at promoting current academic programs, as well as bringing forth recommendations for new recruitment ideas, marketing strategies, and academic programs that match the University’s mission, resources, and market demand.


To be considered for the position of Associate Vice President, the ideal candidate should have a Master’s degree, 8 years of progressive enrollment/admissions responsibilities, extensive leadership experience in admissions within an enrollment management partnership environment, and sophisticated understanding of enrollment strategies, market research, admissions, financial aid, and student information systems. Analytical ability, excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills with faculty, students, alumni, and administrators across the entire University community is important.

About The Institution

The institution is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, whose roots are grounded in the vision of the Venerable Catherine McAuley, an Irish lay woman of ordinary means who inherited a fortune. She applied it to the “careful instruction of women,” founding The House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin to serve poor women, and offering them a place to stay and study in the practical arts. The Sisters came to New Jersey in 1873, settling in Bordentown, before moving in 1906 to Plainfield, where they settled on land donated for the purpose of establishing a school.

In a particularly visionary move in 1908, the order founded Mount Saint Mary’s College and Academy for Young Ladies, which was devoted to offering mostly Catholic women an education in liberal and practical arts not commonly available to them in the mostly Protestant Seven Sisters institutions. The college grew and moved from Plainfield to Lakewood in 1924 at which time the Sisters purchased the estate of George Jay Gould, the son of railroad financier Jay Gould. The Sisters kept the name of the original estate, Georgian Court. The college offered mostly liberal arts majors for residential students of fairly good financial means. Over time the student body and offerings diversified. Graduate programs were added in 1976 and coeducational undergraduate programs were added in 1979. In 2004, the college achieved university status and became Georgian Court University. In 2013, the University became fully coeducational, adding men’s athletic teams and offering on-campus residence to male students for the first time. After being led by the eight Sisters of Mercy who served as president during the first 107 years of its history, Georgian Court University welcomed their first lay and first male president, Dr. Joseph R. Marbach, on July 1, 2015.


In the late 1800s, Lakewood was well known as the winter playground for the elite of New York City and Philadelphia, with sprawling country estates nestled among the spruces and pines. Georgian Court is located on one such estate, the George Jay Gould Estate. The grounds were established in 1896 by George Jay Gould when he commissioned the famous New York architect Bruce Price to transform his newly purchased property into a lavish country estate. After George Gould's death, his heirs decided to sell the estate to the Sisters of Mercy. The splendor of the Gilded Age has influenced and nurtured graduates of Georgian Court for nearly a century, continuing the marvelous legacy of the Gould estate. The estate featured an indoor swimming pool, tennis court, and bowling alley, housed in what is now called the Casino, and all have been restored and maintained. The grounds also feature a Japanese Garden, a Formal Garden, and the classical Italian Gardens, which still grace the campus with natural and sculptural beauty today. GCU is both a National Arboretum and a National Historic Site.

Today, the campus of GCU strives to maintain the beauty of its historic roots while also providing the necessary accommodations for the academic community. From 2004 to 2008, $28 million in construction and renovation took place on the Lakewood campus. This included construction of the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel, the St. Catherine and Mercy residence halls, and the Audrey Birish George Science Center, as well as renovations to the Court Café, a campus eatery. In 2008, the campus also celebrated the grand opening of its $26-million, 67,000-square-foot Wellness Center, which was later certified as LEED-Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

About The Community

While once a resort town for families such as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Goulds, Arbuckles and others, today Lakewood is a distinct and unique community. Not only is it home to the historic GCU campus, it is also home to Beth Medrash Govoha, a Haredi yeshiva established by Rabbi Aharon Kotler in 1943. Commonly known as BMG, or Lakewood Yeshiva, it currently educates 6,500 students under the leadership of Rabbi Malkiel Kotler and is one of the largest yeshivas in the world.

GCU and BMG have coexisted peacefully in the community but the rising number of residents practicing Orthodox Judaism means that Lakewood is not a traditional college or university town. Recognizing the importance of the yeshiva and its growth in the community, GCU has strived to maintain a relationship with BMG. While GCU has enrolled individual Orthodox students in select programs and classes in prior years, Fall 2014 marked the first time that GCU is educating a cohort of orthodox women studying nursing and education. There are plans to also offer psychology to future cohorts.

Application Process

The University has partnered with Scott Healy & Associates in managing and overseeing the entire search process. All applications and nominations must be sent electronically to: 

Scott Healy & Associates
Attn: Mr. Jamie Marcus, Associate Vice President 

Applicants must apply electronically by submitting a Cover Letter outlining their experiences and success in all areas indicated in The Position, a complete and up-to-date Resume, and the names of five professional References with title, institutional affiliation, email address, and direct telephone number.

The search process is confidential and no references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate. Applications submitted by November 16, 2018, will be given priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Policy: In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Georgian Court will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.  Georgian Court does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran or Vietnam Era veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  However, Georgian Court reserves the right to offer Sisters of Mercy who meet the qualifications of available positions preference in hiring.