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New associate VP for enrollment to focus on student retention, closing equity gap

Lawrence University (Photo by Danny Damiani)

Story by Ed Berthiaume / Communications

Dr. Ashley Lewis has been named the inaugural associate vice president for enrollment at Lawrence University, a new position that aims to strengthen Lawrence’s commitment to student retention and persistence.

“I am excited and honored to join the Lawrence University community—a community that shares in my passion for higher education and believes in the transformative power of the college experience,” said Lewis, who comes to Lawrence from Shippensburg University, where she serves as director of student success and associate dean of exploratory studies.

Dr. Ashley Lewis

She will begin her new duties in mid-November.

The associate vice president role was created to provide student-focused leadership in the creation, assessment, and coordination of student success strategies, said Ken Anselment, vice president for enrollment and communication. It builds on ongoing efforts to foster inclusive excellence and equitable outcomes for all students, with an emphasis on improving retention and graduation rates while eliminating the equity gap for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

“Ashley’s history of achievement in student success, including her impressive work with summer onboarding programs for new students, will bolster our efforts to improve the student journey from the time they choose to enroll at Lawrence to the time they graduate,” Anselment said.

Lewis said the foundation for that work is already in place at Lawrence. Her work will help accelerate those efforts as Lawrence develops a long-term strategic plan focused on equitable student success.

“Lawrence is doing excellent work,” Lewis said. “Ensuring that the student, parent, and family experience is superior, from recruitment to retainment, takes a strong, united, and diligent village. I welcome the work ahead of us as we—faculty, staff, administration, and local community—collaborate to strategically and thoughtfully develop practices and processes that improve upon retention, persistence, and equity for all students.”

Lewis earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D in Communication, Culture, and Media Studies from Howard University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg. She also has taught at Howard, the University of Maryland, and Shippensburg.

Ed Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: ed.c.berthiaume@lawrence.edu

Critical Issues Forum series explores “The Purpose of Higher Education”

A Head shot of Lawrence University President Mark Burstein
President Mark Burstein

Lawrence University President Mark Burstein leads a panel discussion examining the issues and challenges facing higher education as part of the university’s ongoing Critical Issues Forum series.

The program “The Purpose of Higher Education,” Friday, April 14 at 11:10 a.m. in the Thomas Steitz Hall of Science atrium, is free and open to the public.

A Head shot of Lawrence Provost David Burrows
Provost David Burrows

A Head shot of Lawrence vice president for diversity and inclusion Kimberly Barrett
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Kimberly Barrett

Burstein will be joined on the panel by Provost and Dean of the Faculty David Burrows and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Kimberly Barrett. Together they will explore the role education plays in addressing the challenges of our day and discuss university and community practices related to higher education. Audience members will be encouraged to share their perspective and opinions on the topic and their input will be used to inform future university decision making and practices.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.”  Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.