Albion, Mich.—Doug Kellar has been named Albion College’s vice president for enrollment, heading the College’s Admission and Financial Aid offices. The appointment is effective July 1, 2008.
Kellar, who served as the interim vice president during the 2007-08 academic year, was hired as associate vice president for enrollment at Albion in fall 2000.
“Doug Kellar has proven that he is the right person to lead our recruitment efforts as we strive to strengthen and diversify future incoming classes,” said Albion College President Donna Randall. “Doug’s eight years of experience at Albion show him to be a focused, goal-oriented person who also never loses sight of the bigger picture. His expertise in student recruitment marketing and ability to anticipate the constant changes in college admissions have put Albion on solid footing as we continue our strategic planning process, ‘Albion 2015.’”
“Colleges across the country are facing extraordinary challenges in recruitment and retention of students,” Randall continued. “Doug brings the experience, confidence, and know-how that Albion needs in these uncertain times.”
Upon being named to the vice president’s role, Kellar expressed his confidence in the College’s future while praising the “very talented, service-oriented staff” in the Admission and Financial Aid offices.
“I’m excited about officially becoming the lead person for the enrollment division at Albion College,” Kellar said. “I’m very optimistic about President Randall’s leadership and vision for Albion College. I’ve enjoyed being part of her management team over the past year and look forward to the great things that lie ahead for Albion College.”
Kellar noted that many small colleges across the nation are struggling to identify their niche while serving both students and their families.
“Albion is ahead of the curve,” he said, “with an academic program grounded in disciplinary and interdisciplinary study—along with myriad opportunities to explore the professions, engage in internships, experience diversity and travel the world.”
Albion will become more of a “global community” in the future, Kellar explained.
“College is about opening minds and creating a better understanding of the world in which we live and the people with whom we interact,” Kellar said. “I believe that Albion in the future will continue to enhance programs bringing a more diverse, worldly perspective to campus, while at the same time facilitating more opportunities for students to travel and explore outside of their comfort zones.”
Kellar discussed a desire to build on the strengths of the College’s successful preprofessional programs. He cited the College’s long history of preparing students for professional schools—such as medical-related programs and law school—as well as professions such as business, education, and the arts.
Kellar also said that athletics would continue to play a significant role in the recruitment of new students. Approximately 35 to 40 percent of the College’s incoming students are recruited to play or have stated an interest in playing intercollegiate sports.
“Our coaches are great educators, and athletic participation enriches the college experience with learning opportunities and relationships that last a lifetime,” Kellar said.
Kellar graduated with a B.A. from Muskingum College in 1986, and earned an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University in 2006. Prior to coming to Albion College, he was a member of the Admissions Office staff at Muskingum, serving as director of admissions from 1996 to 2000.