J. Carey Thompson Announced as Incoming VP for Enrollment and Educational Services

Incoming Vice President of Enrollment and Educational Services J. Carey Thompson (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College)

Incoming Vice President of Enrollment and Educational Services J. Carey Thompson (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College)

By Anna Cincotta, Editor-in-Chief and Phoebe Doscher, Magazine Editor

On Monday afternoon, President Bob Iuliano announced that J. Carey Thompson would serve as the next Vice President for Enrollment and Educational Services beginning July 1. Thompson, formerly Vice President for Enrollment and Communications and Dean of Admission at Rhodes College, replaces Barbara Fritze, who assumed the position in 2001 and announced her forthcoming retirement in June of 2019

Thompson will assume responsibility over Admissions, Financial Aid, Athletics, Institutional Analysis, and the Student Success and Wellbeing Program at the college. 

In my discussions with Carey over the past several months, I have been impressed with his transformative initiatives at three liberal arts colleges; his deep commitment to diversity and accessibility; and his ability to steer institutional enrollment strategies in the face of dramatic change and still achieve remarkable results,” Iuliano said in an email to the college community.

Thompson previously spearheaded the increase of first-year applicant pools at Rhodes College, as well as selectivity and diversity efforts. Net revenue and academic measures are among his myriad of focuses at Rhodes. Thompson also served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Board of Directors for the Common Application.

According to Iuliano, Thompson was also responsible for “overseeing admissions, career services, and student financial planning at Centre College” and led the admissions team at his alma mater, Furman University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He attended Vanderbilt University while earning his M.Ed.

Iuliano thanked the Search Committee, comprised of Gettysburg College administration, faculty, staff, and students, for their efforts. Search consultants at Isaacson Miller are also among those responsible for conducting the search.

Fritze will continue to serve in the role into the summer until her retirement, at which Thompson will assume the position.

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Author: Phoebe Doscher

Phoebe Doscher ’22 is the News Editor for The Gettysburgian. She previously served as a staff writer, features section copy editor, and Assistant News Editor. Originally from Sandy Hook, CT, she is an English with a Writing Concentration and Theatre Arts double major. Aside from writing and editing, she studies voice at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music and can often be seen working on and offstage in the theatre department.

Author: Anna Cincotta

Anna Cincotta ’21 serves as the editor-in-chief of The Gettysburgian, and is a political science major with a minor in peace and justice studies. She previously served as the opinions editor, and works on campus as a Peer Learning Associate and Research Assistant for the Political Science Department. If you see her in Commons, feel free to strike up a conversation about dogs or the most recent episode of “The Daily."

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