Fritze to Retire After 19 Years Heading Enrollment and Educational Services

Vice President of Enrollment and Educational Services Barbara Fritze is set to retire in June (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College).

Vice President of Enrollment and Educational Services Barbara Fritze is set to retire in June (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College)

By Benjamin Pontz, Editor-in-Chief

Vice President of Enrollment and Educational Services (EES) Barbara Fritze will retire in June after 19 years in the post.

The EES division includes the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Institutional Analysis,  Athletics, and Communications & Marketing.

In an email announcing the retirement sent Friday to college staff, President Bob Iuliano extolled Fritze’s “tremendous and lasting impact on this College.”

“Since my announcement in February, I have worked closely with Barbara and have been profoundly impressed by her wisdom, strategic vision, and collegiality,” Iuliano said. “While the institution’s debt to Barbara runs deep, I owe her an additional and more personal thanks. At my request, Barbara delayed her retirement so that the College and I would have the benefit of her leadership through this academic year. She will continue to manage the enrollment and educational services team and will serve as an advisor to me as we launch the search for her successor.”

Fritze has been at the forefront of Gettysburg’s efforts to diversify its student body and prepare for forthcoming demographic challenges associated with an anticipated decline over the next decade in the number of students attending college.

To that end, Fritze has been vocal in her support of plans to add a business major at Gettysburg, which she stated at a faculty meeting earlier this month would “help Gettysburg College compete in a very competitive marketplace.”

Iuliano said that her attention to such challenges has been key to her success.

“Her keen understanding of emerging trends, opportunities, and demographic shifts have helped institutions to remain competitive and successful in changing times,” he said.

A search committee will soon be formed to seek her successor, and at least one student will be a member, Student Senate President Patrick McKenna ’20 announced Monday evening.

Fritze came to Gettysburg in 2001 after serving as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Goucher College, where she oversaw enrollment as part of the college’s transition from an all-women institution to a co-ed program.

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Author: Benjamin Pontz

Benjamin Pontz '20 served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gettysburgian from 2018 until 2020, Managing News Editor from 2017 until 2018, News Editor in the spring of 2017, and Staff Writer during the fall of 2016. During his tenure, he wrote 232 articles. He led teams that won two first place Keystone Press Awards for ongoing news coverage (once of Bob Garthwait's resignation, and the other of Robert Spencer's visit to campus) and was part of the team that wrote a first-place trio of editorials in 2018. He also received recognition for a music review he wrote in 2019. A political science and public policy major with a music minor, he graduated in May of 2020 and will pursue a master's degree in public policy on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Manchester before enrolling in law school.

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