Wed, Nov 23 2011
LeTourneau University Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Philip A. Coyle announced the appointment of Dr. Stephen M. Condon of Banner Elk, N.C., as LETU’s new vice president for Enrollment Services, following a national search. Condon’s appointment is effective Dec. 5. He will report to the university provost.
As the chief enrollment officer, Condon will be charged with achieving the university’s goals for the recruitment and enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as adherence to state and federal policies, regulations and procedures regarding financial aid and admissions. He will manage the budgets for enrollment services offices, analyze statistics and trends in enrollment and oversee recruitment marketing materials.
“We need a bold leader, a person of contagious Christian commitment and passion for our school, someone with a rich leadership experience, a creative mind and an abounding heart,” Coyle said. “We found that in Dr. Steve Condon. I am excited to see what God will do through Steve in the months and years ahead as he leads our enrollment and admission initiatives at LETU.”
No stranger to Christian higher education, Condon has served at five Christ-centered liberal arts colleges and universities in the past 30 years. He served as president from 2005-2010 at Tennessee Wesleyan College where he initiated an enrollment management system that nearly doubled student enrollment. He served as vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., from 2000-2005 where he designed a comprehensive enrollment plan that increased freshmen enrollments by over 30 percent and assisted the president with friend and fundraising initiatives. He served as the vice president for student services and dean of students at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla., from 1995-2000 where he increased enrollments and more than doubled freshman retention rates. From 1991 to 1995, he served as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Lambuth University, in Jackson, Tenn., where he increased graduate retention and chaired the university’s strategic plan. Condon also served as director of admissions, financial aid, student records and research for from 1989-1991 at Waycross College in Georgia.
While serving as the dean of student development and executive assistant to the president from 1982-1989 at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., Condon coached four national championship golf teams, 27 All Americans and won a silver medal at the 1986 World Championships and the Gold medal at the 1988 World Championships, earning the National Coach of the Year five years in a row.
“LETU President Dr. Lunsford and Provost Dr. Coyle have impressed me with their leadership and their powerful vision for the university,” Condon said. “LETU has a wonderful team assembled that is a Christian family called to do God’s work. I look forward to the opportunity and challenges of building enrollment in collaboration with the deans, faculty and staff. This path is both a call and an answer to many prayers.”
Condon earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Boston State University and his master’s degree in education from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., before he completed 24 hours of additional graduate study in research and statistics in higher education administration at the University of Alabama. His Ph.D. in educational research and higher education leadership is from University of Mississippi and he has completed postdoctoral research at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. He and his wife, Becky, have two grown children.