Jenny Rickard Named Vice President for Enrollment at University of Puget Sound

August 27, 2012

TACOMA, Wash. – Following an extensive and highly competitive national search, Jenny Rickard has been named vice president for enrollment at University of Puget Sound. A prominent leader in college admissions, Rickard comes to Puget Sound from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where she currently serves as chief enrollment and communications officer.

Rickard will provide leadership in enrollment planning, student recruitment, admission, and financial aid, serving as an advisor to President Ronald R. Thomas and overseeing a staff of 32 in the Office of Admission and Student Financial Services. Rickard will join Puget Sound on Jan. 2, 2013.

“We have found an exceptional leader in Jenny Rickard, and look forward to the many contributions she will make to Puget Sound. Her exemplary credentials and record of success in diverse positions of responsibility are remarkable,” Thomas said. “Jenny understands and appreciates the distinctions of University of Puget Sound, and she is enthusiastic about addressing the opportunities we face together.”

Rickard’s experience encompasses all areas of college enrollment management, including admission, marketing communications, technology, and financial aid. During the 10 years that she served at Bryn Mawr, as chief enrollment and communications officer (2009–present) and as dean of admissions and financial aid (2002–09), she has consistently met enrollment and net tuition revenue goals, increased applications by 50 percent, increased enrollment of students of color from the United States by 50 percent, and nearly doubled the number of international students on campus.

“I am truly excited to join University of Puget Sound at this critical point in its history,” Rickard said. “With its innovative interdisciplinary programs, dynamic cocurricular initiatives, and compelling location, Puget Sound is a model of high-quality and highly relevant liberal arts education that prepares students for today's increasingly dynamic and complex world. I look forward to joining the Puget Sound community and bringing my experience from both corporations and colleges to ensure that students around the world are aware of the college's distinctive offerings.”

Roles at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, including associate dean of admissions and director of admissions technology and research, and a position as an admission recruitment coordinator for New York University School of Law have contributed to Rickard’s diverse higher education experience. Her wide range of commitments to the national higher education community include service as a member of the College Board’s SAT committee (2008–11) and president of The Common Application (2007–08), among many other roles.

Within the private sphere, the incoming vice president for enrollment held senior roles in developing, implementing, and marketing enrollment management software at California-based PeopleSoft. She worked as a consultant for the higher education software company Datatel and spent two years as a financial management trainee at financial services firm J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York. Rickard currently is a lecturer in enrollment management at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Rickard received a doctorate in higher education management from University of Pennsylvania; a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University, Stern School of Business; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Swarthmore College.

Puget Sound’s longtime Vice President for Enrollment George Mills ‘68, M.S.’72, a national leader in higher education enrollment management, will continue to have an important role at a key time in the college’s history. Furthering his influential 42-year career at Puget Sound, Mills will join the college’s capital campaign efforts, working closely with Vice President for University Relations Dave Beers and President Ron Thomas and connecting with alumni, students, trustees, and friends of the university.

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