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 serves as editor-in-chief of The Gettysburgian. Previously, he served as a staff writer, event coverage coordinator, news editor, and managing news editor. During his tenure, he has written more than 150 articles, and he led the team that won first place in the 2017 Keystone Press Awards for ongoing news coverage of Robert Spencer's visit to Gettysburg College and co-wrote the package of editorials that won first place in the 2018 Keystone Press Awards. Ben is a political science and public policy double major with a minor in music, and he reads up to seven newspapers daily. Follow him on Twitter @benpontz.

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