Tampa – W. Michael “Mike” Hendricks, Ed.D., currently vice president for enrollment management at Furman University (SC), has been named vice president for strategic enrollment planning at The University of Tampa.
At UT, Hendricks will oversee all of the University’s enrollment management activities, including financial aid, registrar and strategic outreach efforts for undergraduate and graduate enrollment. Last year UT received more than 35,600 applications for last fall’s class of 3,426 full-time undergraduate students
Hendricks will begin his position at UT on July 18.
“Mike brings 25 years of successful experience in higher education at a variety of private universities of different scale, complexity, mission and market position,” said UT President Ronald Vaughn. “And he has consistently achieved goals and worked to constantly improve the admissions operation. We look forward to his bringing his skills and talents to UT.”
Since 2015, Hendricks has worked at Furman University, where he recruited the most academically talented class in Furman’s history and improved student diversity. Previously, he served as vice president for enrollment management at The Catholic University of America (D.C.), was the dean of admissions at Widener University (PA) and held various positions in enrollment management at Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ).
Hendricks brings more than two decades of sustained achievement and professional commitment to advancing the practices and collaborative nature of the enrollment management profession. Throughout his career, Hendricks has managed a broad range of operational areas including admissions, financial aid, registrar, records, student accounts, communications, auxiliary services, student housing and dining, postal services, campus store and athletics.
Hendricks said he looks to continue UT’s enrollment goals, which include increasing admissions selectivity, promoting access and affordability, enhancing UT’s national and international reputation, as well as improving student retention and graduation success.
“I am thrilled to be joining The University of Tampa at this point in its history,” Hendricks said. “Because of the exceptional growth in enrollment and expansion of the campus under the leadership of President Vaughn, a compelling value proposition based on student success, the breadth and quality of academic programs and an enviable location in the heart of downtown Tampa, UT is primed to establish itself as one of the nation’s premier universities.”
Hendricks holds a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, where he was a member of the football team. He earned a master of arts in teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a doctorate in education from Widener University,
Hendricks replaces Dennis Nostrand, who is retiring from UT after a fall transition of duties. Nostrand helped increase enrollment by nearly 70%. UT has set enrollment records 24 times since 1995. Last year’s total enrollment — including graduate and undergraduate students — was over 10,500 students.
The University of Tampa is a private, comprehensive university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University has about 200 programs of study and serves students from 50 states and most of the world’s countries.