Elmira College Welcomes New VP of Enrollment Management

Elmira College welcomes Dennis M. Kelly as the new Vice President of Enrollment Management. Kelly brings more than 30 years of experience to his role and will oversee the recruitment, enrollment, financial aid, and institutional research efforts of the College.

During Kelly’s extensive career, he has increased enrollment and improved the diversity of student populations at multiple institutions including Cheyney University, Notre Dame University of Maryland, Wilmington College, Cabrini University, Georgian Court, and Marywood University.

At Wilmington, Kelly ushered in the two largest entering classes in the college’s history and was recognized for multiple awards by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, 3Enrollment, and Hobsons. In 2019 he was appointed to Hobson’s National Advisory Board and he remains active within the enrollment management sector. Kelly is the only enrollment officer whose teams have won both RNL National Awards for Recruitment and Retention.

“Elmira College’s leadership, academic reputation, athletic prowess, student body, enrollment team, history, and welcoming local community all played an essential part in my decision to accept this position,” said Kelly. “My immediate focus will be to enroll an incoming 2024 class in alignment with Elmira College’s 2023-2028 Strategic Plan.”

Before getting into the enrollment side of higher education, Kelly was an assistant professor in Marketing and Business at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey. He then became the Dean of Admissions at Centenary University in 1993 before taking on the role of Vice President for Enrollment.

Kelly, a United States Army veteran who served in the Vietnam Era, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He holds an Associate of Liberal Arts from Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey.

On the personal side, Kelly is an avid sports fan. He lettered in three different sports in college and was a member of an Army overseas basketball team.

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