Swegan: A “fresh, data-driven” approach to enrollment

October 21, 2013  |  
Gary Swegan

Gary Swegan

Gary Swegan is trading in Northwest Ohio for Northeast Ohio – and returning to his roots.

Swegan, who has 25 years of experience in enrollment and admissions at Bowling Green State University just south of Toledo, is YSU’s new associate vice president for Enrollment Planning and Management.

“The Mahoning Valley was part of my upbringing,” says Swegan, who will take the lead on YSU’s enrollment initiatives on Nov. 18.

Swegan’s father was born in Warren, lived in the Brownlee Woods section of Youngstown and graduated from Girard High School. His grandfather worked for Youngstown Sheet and Tube, and an uncle on the other side of his family is a retired dentist who lives in Poland.

He said he is thrilled to be joining the YSU community and eager to get to campus and to work. He said he believes YSU has assets that can be capitalized on in the market.

“While enrollment challenges are pervasive in higher education today, I believe that I can bring a fresh and data-driven approach to greatly assist the university,” he said.

President Randy J. Dunn said Swegan’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’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.

The YSU Board of Trustees approved Swegan’s appointment earlier this month after a four-month national search. He was among three final candidates that visited campus, and he will report jointly to Dunn and Jack Fahey, vice president for Student Affairs.

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 earned 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 BG and has held a succession of positions since, including assistant vice president for Enrollment Management and director of Admissions for the past three years.

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.

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