Ankeny, Perkins to lead enrollment management & student affairs

College of Education dean Mark Ankeny named Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs. Will Perkins named Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.



Pacific University president Lesley Hallick has announced the promotion of two established administrators to executive positions within the University. 

Mark Ankeny, dean of the University's College of Education since 2006, has been named Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs. In his new role, Ankeny joins the vice presidents for academic affairs (provost), finance & administration and university advancement on the President's Cabinet. 

Will Perkins, assistant vice president for student affairs, has been named Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. He began his tenure with Pacific in 2005 as the College of Optometry's director of student services, and has most recently served as interim vice president of student affairs. Prior to his appointment as assistant vice president, Perkins served as Pacific's associate dean for graduate & professional students. 

Both Ankeny and Perkins succeed Eva Krebs, who served the University with distinction for 17 years as both its Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Krebs passed away in July following a courageous battle with cancer. 

Perkins will report to Ankeny under a new organizational structure within the enrollment management and student affairs division. Hallick said the new structure will address the growing demands placed upon the division by steady increases in enrollment and new degree offerings throughout the University's four colleges. 

Pacific's enrollment consists of approximately 1,600 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students. 

As dean of students, Perkins will provide regular contact, oversight and support to department directors within the division in their efforts to achieve more comprehensive approaches to assessment, diversity enrichment, retention and student leadership. He will serve as the division's designee in the Vice President's absence. 

"Will's leadership in fostering an optimal environment for our students over the past several years has been invaluable," Hallick said. "The new structure will allow the University to take full advantage of his knowledge and expertise in matters related to student life." 

Ankeny has overseen Pacific's College of Education for the past six years. As dean, he has led the college to unprecedented growth that has included the opening of a Child Learning Development Center, an on-site preschool for local children, practicum partnerships in the STEM education disciplines and a School of Communication Sciences & Disorders. 

In addition to managing the college's operating budget and overseeing faculty and staff, Ankeny's role as dean also included serving as one of the directors for Oregon's licensure body, the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission. 

As Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Ankeny is responsible for the leadership, direction and evaluation of admissions, financial aid, enrollment management, matriculation, student activities, student government, career services and several other areas. 

"Mark has been a highly effective and respected leader throughout his career as both an educator and administrator," Hallick said. "I am very pleased and fortunate to have someone of his caliber lead the Student Affairs division."  

Both Ankeny and Perkins assumed their new positions on Sept. 1.


Posted by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Sep 4, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Edited by Jenni Luckett (jluckett@pacificu.edu) on Sep 11, 2012 at 8:50 AM

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