FAYETTE, Mo. - Rugby native Adam Jenkins has challenges ahead. But the new director of admissions at Central Methodist University knows they are the type of challenges most would envy.
Jenkins, currently the head of the admissions department at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., will begin his tenure at CMU on Aug. 1, according to CMU President Roger Drake.
"Adam Jenkins quickly rose to the top of a very challenging search process," Drake said. "Filling Larry Anderson's shoes is no easy task and it took us quite a while to find a candidate of Adam's caliber.
"Adam brings energy, enthusiasm and a great deal of experience to our campus," Drake said. "I am confident that Adam will work tirelessly to ensure that greater numbers of students have the opportunity to benefit from the mission of Central Methodist University."
Perhaps the biggest challenge for Jenkins will be to build upon recent CMU successes and to keep the momentum going. The past four years have seen the highest on-campus enrollments ever at CMU, and officials are optimistic the student population this fall will rank among the best in CMU's 160-year history.
Jenkins will inherit and lead a veteran student recruitment department of 11, most of whom have been with CMU for years. He replaces long-time Central employee Larry Anderson, who is returning to the classroom this fall.
"I was impressed with the people I met at CMU right away," Jenkins said. "The quality and passion for the university was evident campus-wide.
"I consider it an honor to follow after Larry Anderson and plan to continue the tradition of increasing enrollment. I feel fortunate to inherit an excellent admissions team and am excited to get started."
Jenkins has been in the higher education admission business for seven years. His student recruitment career began at University of Mary in Bismarck, where he rose to the rank of lead travel admission representative.
Jenkins will have the month of August to immerse himself in all things Central Methodist, because the student recruitment season kicks into high gear in September.
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