GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo Interim President Carol S. Long has announced that Meaghan L. Arena has been named vice president for enrollment management. The appointment, effective July 3, concludes a national search for the position, which encompasses admissions, recruitment, retention, and collaboration with college advancement on marketing and communications in support of enrollment management.
“Dr. Arena brings superb credentials to Geneseo at a time when the competition for talented students is stronger than ever,” said Long. “She clearly appreciates the strong reputation Geneseo has built as one of the nation’s best public liberal arts colleges and will bring keen expertise to the position to help move Geneseo into the future.”
Arena comes to Geneseo from Westfield State University in Westfield, Mass., where she has served as associate dean and previously as director of program development and outreach in the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education. Prior to that, she served in both graduate and undergraduate admissions capacities at Cambridge College in Springfield, Mass., including four years as assistant director of enrollment.
“I believe very strongly in the value of the mission of public higher education, and coming from a public university, that’s something I hold very dear,” said Arena. “I have a deep sense of community and felt very welcomed at Geneseo. The students I met on campus are very engaged and genuinely believe in community. To continue to recruit that caliber of student will be the challenge we face in the next few years and it will be important to the Geneseo identity. I look forward to meeting that challenge.”
While at Cambridge College, Arena earned a master’s degree in education and went on to earn a doctorate from Northeastern University with a concentration in higher education administration. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Delaware.
The current associate vice president for enrollment services, William Caren, is retiring after 46 years of distinguished service to Geneseo. Under his leadership, Geneseo established a distinctive student academic profile and unique identity as one of the most selective public colleges in the country.
“I know this is a cliché but Dr. Arena will truly have big boots to fill,” said Long. “Bill Caren has served Geneseo with great distinction and success as a faculty member and admissions professional for most of his career. We will miss his presence on campus but wish him the very best in retirement.”
The search committee for the new vice president was chaired by Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life, and was supported by the search firm of Spelman & Johnson.
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