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New provost and vice president for enrollment management approved

Published Thursday Feb 15, 2018

Two vacant senior administrator positions at Tennessee Tech were filled today after nationwide searches. The Executive Committee of the Tech Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Lori Bruce as provost/vice president for academic affairs, and Brandon Johnson as vice president of enrollment management and career placement.

The provost/vice president for academic affairs is responsible for academics at the university.

“Dr. Bruce has an extensive academic track record in publications, lectures and presentations,” said President Phil Oldham. “Her exemplary work history has been evidenced by her awards and recommendations. She brings a wealth of knowledge in curriculum, STEM, research and academia.”

Bruce currently serves as the associate vice president and dean of the Graduate School for Mississippi State University. Prior to that she served as the associate dean for research and graduate studies in the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State. Before moving into administrative positions, she served as a professor of electrical and computer engineering.

The Executive Committee approved Bruce’s appointment unanimously.

The vice president for enrollment management and career placement is a new position created in the August 2017 university reorganization, in part to emphasize the importance of student recruitment and retention.

Johnson currently serves as vice president for enrollment management at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. In this role, he oversees all undergraduate, graduate, international and adult recruitment, financial aid and career services.

“Dr. Johnson possesses the breadth and depth of knowledge to enhance Tennessee Tech’s enrollment management strategy,” Oldham said. “He is data driven and has a passion for students, which is an important combination for enrollment management.”

At Avila, Johnson also served as the director of undergraduate admissions, as well as the associate vice president for enrollment management. Prior to joining Avila, he served as the director of enrollment management at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

The Executive Committee approved Johnson’s appointment unanimously.

In other business, the committee reviewed a template of a president’s contract and unanimously recommended it be brought to the full Board of Trustees at its March meeting. The draft details the terms under which a president is hired, the terms under which the contract can be terminated, and the obligations of the parties during the term of the contract.

Upon the full board’s approval of the template, a contract will be offered to Oldham.

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