Vice President and Dean of Admissions Announcement - June, 2011


To:                   The St. Lawrence Community
From:               William L. Fox, President
Date:               June 7, 2011
Subject:           Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

I am pleased to announce and welcome to the St. Lawrence community our new Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jeffrey Rickey. Jeff has served Earlham College with great distinction, where he has been Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid since 1998.  He will begin his new duties at St. Lawrence on August 1, 2011.

Jeff’s accomplishments at Earlham include increasing undergraduate applications and enrollment, including significant improvements in enrolling students who represent geographic, ethnic, and international diversity.  Earlham has a large reputation for international higher education, with students from 81 countries on campus today.  I especially enjoyed talking with Jeff about his experience with assessment, his work with retention programs, and his understanding of the core nature of the liberal arts college in America.

Jeff served for 13 years in a variety of senior-level administrative roles, particularly in college-wide strategic planning. He knows how to develop a long-range enrollment and marketing plan, identify new admissions territories, and work with St. Lawrence’s new financial aid model developed by Hardwick-Day. He has worked with Jim Day over many years. 

Our search committee and I appreciated the numerous glowing and positive comments we heard about Jeff’s management skills.  He believes in developing the strengths of staff and in involving current students, faculty, coaches and alumni in the recruitment process.  Even as he has juggled many responsibilities, Jeff also has provided counsel to national organizations, presented at many conferences, served as a member of the 2007-2008 National Commission on the Use of Standardized Testing in Undergraduate Admissions, and chaired the Finance Committee of the 11,000 member National Association for College Admission Counseling. Jeff is nationally known in his circle of senior admissions officers and enrollment managers through his service to NACAC.

Before joining Earlham College, Jeff was Dean of Admissions at George Fox University, his undergraduate alma mater.  Jeff graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics and served as his college’s student body president. A selective, residential liberal arts college with a history similar to ours, Earlham offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in 40 disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields.   Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education degrees also are offered at Earlham College. In addition, students may engage in summer research programs, much like our own program. Earlham graduates are also known for a relatively high rate of earning Ph.Ds. (10%), so it has a strong collaborative learning record between its students and faculty. Two members of the St. Lawrence faculty are Earlham graduates. The coeducational student body represents 42 states and 81 countries; 30% of its students are varsity athletes.

Our search committee of trustees, faculty members, staff representatives, students, and alumni, chaired ably by Professor of Psychology Alan Searleman and Vice President for Student Life Joe Tolliver, worked on this very important task with insight, sensitivity, and energy.  I wish to thank them for a job done with the highest measures of resolve and excellence. Well done all.