Stetson President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, has announced that Jeffery T. Gates, L.P.D, will serve as the university’s new Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, following a nationwide search. Gates is currently Senior Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success at Utica University in Utica, New York, and will begin his new role at Stetson in mid-May. “Stetson is thrilled to secure Jeff Gates as the University’s next leader in Enrollment and Marketing. Jeff brings an extraordinary depth of experiences that will serve Stetson well, particularly as the higher education landscape emerges from the myriad of challenges associated with the global pandemic,” Roellke said. “I want to extend my sincere thanks to the search committee and the entire Stetson community for their sincere engagement in this important executive search.”
With more than 20 years of experience in enrollment management, Gates developed initiatives at Utica University to increase retention and grow enrollment, leading to multiple record-breaking enrollment years and significant improvements in the academic profile of the incoming classes. In addition, he increased student satisfaction, engagement and graduation, and created the new position of Dean for Diversity. He improved collaboration with faculty, enhanced campus facilities, and successfully merged the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs divisions. “I am very excited to join the Stetson University community. I have been impressed with the student, faculty, staff and alumni interactions during my time on campus and look forward to learning more,” Gates said.