Gary D. Swegan, who has 25 years of experience in enrollment and admissions at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, is the new associate vice president for Enrollment Planning and Management at Youngstown State University.
The YSU Board of Trustees approved the appointment on Wednesday after a four-month national search. The appointment is effective Nov. 18.
“Gary’s vast experience and proven track record in higher education admissions and enrollment management makes him the ideal candidate to lead the effort to increase both the quantity and quality of the student population at YSU,” YSU President Randy J. Dunn said.
Swegan will be YSU’s chief enrollment officer, responsible for implementing and managing a strategic enrollment management plan, providing leadership on all institutional enrollment initiatives and assuming primary responsibility for ensuring that the university’s enrollment objectives are met. He will report to Dunn and Jack Fahey, vice president for Student Affairs.
YSU’s enrollment fell for the third consecutive year this fall semester, and Dunn has said that reversing that trend is a major step in stabilizing the university’s ongoing budget challenges.
“Gary’s successes in collecting and analyzing data, developing a diverse and motivated staff, and implementing creative and strategic enrollment initiatives are all important characteristics of what YSU needs in the leader of our enrollment initiatives,” Fahey said.
“I am thrilled to be joining the YSU community and am eager to get to campus and begin working on the critical priorities that President Dunn and Vice President Fahey have identified,” Swegan said.
Swegan holds two degrees from Bowling Green – a bachelor’s in Education, Sports Management and Information in 1986, and a master’s in College Student Personnel in 1988. In 1989, he was named assistant director of Admissions at Bowling Green and has held a succession of positions since, including assistant director, associate director, interim director and director of Admissions, assistant vice provost and director of Admissions, and finally assistant vice president for Enrollment Management and director of Admissions for the past three years.
At Bowling Green, located about 25 miles south of Toledo, Swegan oversees an office of 43 staffers and a budget of $3.4 million and often serves as the university’s spokesperson on enrollment-related issues. As BG’s chief admissions officer, Swegan helped set record enrollment levels of freshmen/transfer students in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2010, transitioned admissions from a quantity to a quality model in 2013 (resulting in the strongest academic freshman class in more than 25 years), and increased the proportion of students-of -color. Among his many activities is chair of the College Board Midwest Regional Council (13-state region) and a 12-year member of the Ohio ACT research committee.