Thursday, June 5, 2014

Debbie Gough to serve as interim head of strategic enrollment

Dr. Debbie Gough has been named interim associate vice chancellor for strategic enrollment at UW-Eau Claire. She will serve in that role through the fall 2014 semester as the search for a permanent associate vice chancellor is completed.

Gough will begin her duties as interim associate vice chancellor for strategic enrollment on July 21, transitioning from her position as director of Advising and New Student Initiatives.

“I am pleased to be able to work with the talented and dedicated members of the units that will come together under the associate vice chancellor for strategic enrollment,” Gough said. “At the same time that we begin to define what this new organizational structure will look like, we will work with faculty and staff throughout the university to help Admissions recruit future students and to find new ways to retain and graduate our current students. It is both a challenging and exciting time at the university; in my last few months before retiring, I hope I will be able to play a small part as the university  finds new ways to help  all students be successful.”

As interim associate vice chancellor for strategic enrollment, Gough will lead UW-Eau Claire’s strategic enrollment management team, which consists of Records and Registration, Admissions, Financial Aid, Advising and New Student Initiatives, Career Services, Academic Skills Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, Student Support Services and Upward Bound. Under Gough’s leadership, the team will begin work toward designing a strategic enrollment plan. She also will work with appropriate student academic support services units to begin development of a student retention plan, and she will begin building strategic partnerships with faculty, deans, regional leaders and others on and off campus to advance enrollment efforts and success.

Gough is well positioned to bring significant leadership and a wealth of experience to the UW-Eau Claire’s efforts in the full spectrum of enrollment management, said Dr. Patricia A. Kleine, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“Dr. Gough has for years been the individual most responsible for tracking student success from the moment students enroll at UW-Eau Claire to the time they graduate,” Kleine said. “I am extremely grateful that she has agreed to serve as the interim associate vice chancellor for strategic enrollment while the university continues the search for a permanent associate vice chancellor, and I am excited about the initiatives she has identified for her work this fall.”

Gough has led advising at the university, under various titles and with evolving responsibilities, since 1990. She has been the director of the Student Success Network since 2010, and she served as interim registrar for a semester in fall 2012. Gough also was an academic adviser from 1981-1990 and an adjunct assistant professor in the department of history in the 1980s. She has been a member of or chaired a number of university committees, among them the University Assessment Committee, Orientation Committee, Retention Workgroup of the Enrollment Planning Advisory Council, and Enrollment Planning Advisory Council.

Gough earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Wooster in Ohio and master’s and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

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