UCSC appoints associate vice chancellor for enrollment management

Michelle Whittingham

Michelle Whittingham has been appointed associate vice chancellor for enrollment management in Student Affairs at the University of California, Santa Cruz, effective October 15.

Her role will be to provide leadership for Admissions, the Educational Partnership Center, Financial Aid, Orientation, and the Office of the Registrar, and to collaborate with the Academic Senate and campus leadership on strategic enrollment management planning.

Since 2004, Whittingham has served as the associate vice president of enrollment management at Eastern Washington University, overseeing enrollment and student support services. She was previously director of admissions for that institution.

"Michelle will be a great asset to the Student Affairs leadership team and the campus," noted UCSC vice chancellor for Student Affairs Felicia McGinty. "Her understanding of retention and attrition issues, as well as her earnest passion about access and affordability of higher education, is evident."

"Michelle is research oriented and evidence-driven in ways that are aligned with the educational mission for Student Affairs," added UCSC Vice Provost William Ladusaw. "She is clearly student-centered and will propel us forward in service effectiveness and relationship building."

Whittingham holds a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs with a minor in Spanish, as well as a master of sciences degree in communications with an emphasis in educational leadership, from Eastern Washington University. An avid gardener and outdoor enthusiast, Whittingham has two sons--ages eight and eleven.