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Deborah Stieffel Appointed Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

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March 19, 2015

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., has named Deborah Stieffel as Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, effective immediately.

Deborah StieffelIn this position, Stieffel serves as the University’s senior Enrollment & Student Affairs officer and has primary responsibility for leadership, management, policy development and administrative oversight for the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management division. She will also be a member of the UDM President's Council.

Stieffel has 30 years of experience in recruitment, admissions, financial aid and retention and enrollment management. "UDM is fortunate to have a seasoned professional like Debbie lead our Enrollment Management and Student Affairs offices," said President Garibaldi. "She is well known in national enrollment organizations." She came to UDM in 2013, as interim vice president, after six years in the same capacity at Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna University. Prior to that, from 1985 to 2007, she held positions of progressive responsibility in enrollment management at Loyola University New Orleans, advancing to the position of dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management, which she held for eight years. In this position, Stieffel serves as the University’s senior Enrollment & Student Affairs officer and has primary responsibility for leadership, management, policy development and administrative oversight for the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management division. She will also be a member of the UDM President's Council.

Stieffel has supervised staffs ranging from 26 to 29 employees and has been responsible for financial aid budgets in excess of $30 million. At Susquehanna University, she and her staff increased both the number of applications and the number of first-time students. Additionally, she more than doubled the diversity of first-time students. She also implemented several communication strategies to increase conversion yields for prospects, applicants and admits.

During her tenure at Loyola University New Orleans, she was instrumental in recruiting the university’s largest incoming class prior to the impact of Hurricane Katrina. More than 78% of the 950 first-time students and over 92% of undergraduates returned to Loyola New Orleans in the spring, following the 2005 fall semester closure of the university. Throughout her career, she has been effective in engaging faculty, staff, alumni, and student and parent volunteers to achieve admissions, enrollment and retention goals.

Prior to joining Susquehanna, she was actively involved in the Conference of Jesuit Enrollment Managers, Conference of Jesuit Admission Directors and the National Catholic College Admissions Association. She was the president-elect of the National Catholic College Admissions Association for 2006-07. Additionally, she has been a Director and faculty member for MECA (Management Experience in College Admission) and the Chief Enrollment Officers Forum for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) as well as a College Board Institutional Representative.

Stieffel earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies and a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans, and took postgraduate coursework in Financial Management for Higher Education from the University of New Orleans.

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