Michelle Lockhart Sundstrom Named Vice President for Enrollment Management

December 15, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Michelle Lockhart Sundstrom has been named vice president for enrollment management at the University of Mount Union effective February 1, 2016, President Dick Merriman has announced. The appointment comes as the result of a national search carried out in partnership with Napier Executive Search of DeLand, Florida.

Sundstrom currently serves as the associate director of client development for Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a higher education consulting firm located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Prior to that, she served as director of enrollment management for the school of professional and extended studies at American University in Washington, DC; senior strategic enrollment consultant for TWG Plus in Alexandria, Virginia; and in increasingly responsible enrollment management positions at both Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.

“After leading a national search, Michelle has emerged as the successful candidate from among an excellent and diverse pool of candidates,” Merriman said. “She has a strong background in enrollment management, and through her work on campuses as a member of enrollment management teams and her time as a consultant, she brings rich and varied experience to her new role at Mount Union. A significant portion of her career has been spent at United Methodist affiliated institutions similar to Mount Union, thus she also brings meaningful and transferable insight to the University. Given her background and experience, she will be able to hit the ground running in this very critical role on our campus.”

Sundstrom earned an Associate of Arts degree from Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas in 2000, a Bachelor of Science degree in business with an emphasis in marketing from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas in 2002 and a Master of Science degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas in 2006.

Active professionally, Sundstrom has been a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling  and involved with local associations including those in New Jersey, New York, Missouri, the Potomac and Chesapeake area and the Great Plains area. She’s also served as a member of the Collegiate Information and Visitors Services Association. Throughout her career, she has been recognized with the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling Rising Star Award and was named to Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 Under 40.

“I am very grateful to the search committee, led by Dr. James Thoma, professor of human performance and sport business, and John Frazier, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, for its diligent and careful work in evaluating applicants, recommending finalists and directly connecting with the visiting candidates,” said Merriman. “The feedback of its members, in addition to the input of all those in the campus community who participated in the interview process, was invaluable as we worked to collectively identify the strengths and relevant experiences of the candidates. 

“In any search, the hoped-for result is to face a difficult choice among several great candidates,” he added. “We were fortunate to get that result this time, and I am thrilled to be welcoming a professional of Michelle’s experience and caliber to the Mount Union community.”

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