Jason Meriwether has been appointed Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management at Humboldt State University. He will serve in the position on an extended interim basis, and will begin on Monday, July 15.
Meriwether’s appointment reflects the high priority placed on enrollment by incoming HSU President Tom Jackson, Jr.
In his role, Meriwether will have broad responsibilities related to the recruitment of new students and supporting the retention of current students. He will lead the Enrollment Management unit (Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar’s Office), as well as the Office of the Dean of Students, EOP/TRiO programs, Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence, the University Health Center, and Housing.
“Jason brings a wealth of experience to Humboldt State,” said Dr. Jackson. “He is incredibly talented, and really cares about ensuring that students have a meaningful educational experience. I expect that he will make a significant impact on our enrollment efforts.”
Since 2004, Dr. Meriwether has provided leadership in higher education in areas including Enrollment Management, Academic Support, Athletics, TRiO programs, and Student Affairs. He has published on topics such as adult learning, student retention, digital learning and engagement, student affairs fundraising, and hazing prevention.
Meriwether comes to HSU from Rhode Island College, where he recently served as Vice President for Student Success. Prior to that, he served as Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast, and he has taught classes on educational leadership and psychology.
Meriwether earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Louisville, and his master’s degree in Psychology from Fisk University. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a Specialization in Higher Education Leadership from Indiana State University.
The Vice President for Enrollment Management is one of four vice presidents at HSU and is a member of Cabinet. It will replace the position of Vice President for Student Affairs, which has been filled for the last two years by Wayne Brumfield.
Wayne Brumfield and Randy Hyman, who have been serving in interim roles at HSU through an agreement with The Registry, will conclude their service at HSU in July.
During Brumfield’s time at HSU, he helped address student concerns about safety and equity, made housing and other basic needs a priority, and challenged students to get involved in solving problems they identified. He will be with HSU through July.
“I am so grateful for Wayne’s dedication and commitment to students,” said HSU President Lisa Rossbacher. “He stepped in at a time when this University really needed someone in that role who could connect with students and provide inspired leadership to the division. Wayne has done that, and he has also been an amazing colleague.”
Randy Hyman has served as interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management since October 2018. He has been focused on strategies and tactics to enhance HSU’s recruitment of new students, including ways to enable more involvement by units and individuals across campus. He will be with HSU through July 14.
“Randy has done critically important work guiding the early implementation of the Strategic Enrollment Plan, and provided Academic Affairs a valuable perspective on the operations within Enrollment Management,” said HSU Provost Alex Enyedi. “I very much appreciate Randy's efforts, his dedication to student success, and his willingness to tackle some really difficult challenges."