Ohio State taps new leader for strategic enrollment planning
The nation's largest single campus has tapped M. Dolan Evanovich as vice president for strategic enrollment planning. In the position, he will be responsible for attracting and retaining the highest quality student body.
Evanovich, 51, fills an expanded role created by the retirement of Martha Garland later this year. Garland has served as vice provost for enrollment services and dean for undergraduate education. The reorganization further strengthens Ohio State's focus on undergraduate education.
His responsibilities include enrollment planning and policies, student financial aid, graduate admissions, orientation, professional admissions, registrar, student information system, and undergraduate admissions and the first year experience.
"Dolan will continue our positive trend in recruiting and retaining outstanding students and in expanding our economic access initiatives," said Ohio State executive vice president and provost Joseph Alutto. "In addition, he will focus on increasing our recruitment nationally and internationally, while also paying particular attention to our University System of Ohio partnerships and the commitment to contribute to the increased educational levels of Ohio's citizens. Given his past achievements, we are fortunate to have Dolan provide leadership for these critical student services," Alutto said.
Previously the vice president for enrollment planning, management and institutional research at the University of Connecticut, Evanovich has vast experience in all aspects of undergraduate student enrollment. At the university's main campus and its five regional campuses, he directly supervised the offices of undergraduate admissions, student financial aid services, scholarship programs, student employment, veterans programs, new student orientation, institutional research, student services center, and the university registrar. His portfolio has also included oversight of $11 million in annual budgets, $111 million in private and institutionally funded financial assistance, $22 million in state and federal aid, and $118 million in student loans.
"I am honored and delighted to be a part of the team that will continue the upward trajectory and make Ohio State one of the very best public universities in the world," said Evanovich.
Prior to his work at the University of Connecticut, Evanovich served as the director of undergraduate student admissions at Arizona State University and as director of admissions at Eastern Michigan University. He earned a bachelor's degree in urban planning and a master's degree in geography and regional planning at California University of Pennsylvania.