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Alcorn cuts administration in move to reemphasize recruiting, mission

LORMAN — Alcorn State University reduced its administration, aimed at reemphasizing enrollment management and more clearly aligning the services provided by the university with its mission and strategic goals.

President M. Christopher Brown II maintained five divisions, creating a Division of Student Success and Enrollment Management, among other changes. The newly created Division of Academic and Student Affairs merges instruction and student support services eliminating the stand-alone Student Affairs administrative unit.

“The changes create greater efficiencies and bring a greater focus on enrollment management, ensuring students better progress through the higher education process: recruiting, admissions, retention, graduation, and career placement,” says executive vice president and provost Samuel L. White. “Our next step is a restructure of our academic departments and schools.”

With recent federal financial aid requirements and a new state performance funding formula, the university is being more focused and intentional, establishing a very solid strategic enrollment management philosophy.

No one was terminated by the realignment changes, but Alcorn merged some vacant posts, accepted one resignation, thereby creating new positions. The Office of the President reduced its executive team by reassigning five positions throughout the campus budget.

On Aug. 19, Carl Cunningham Jr., Ph.D., will join Alcorn as the vice president for student success and enrollment management. He brings over 13 years’ experience in higher education providing leadership and organizational development in the strategic enrollment management and engagement fields.

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