The University of North Georgia has tapped two admissions experts to lead enrollment and admissions operations at the newly consolidated university.
Effective July 1, Jennifer Chadwick will be the university's associate vice president for enrollment management, reporting to the vice president for student affairs. Keith Antonia will become executive director of undergraduate admissions, reporting to the associate vice president for enrollment management. Both have worked in admissions at UNG for a number of years.
"With this new admissions structure, the university will better be able to develop a marketing and recruiting plan for all students entering the university, regardless of program," said Dr. Tom Walter, vice president for student affairs at UNG. Chadwick has directed undergraduate admissions at the university since 2004. In her new role, Chadwick will oversee the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Cadet Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar's Office.
"Jennifer Chadwick will work with these departments and other areas of the university to develop and carry out a strategic plan to expand recruitment, control enrollment growth, improve retention, and support student success through graduation and beyond," Walter said. "She has participated in multiple professional development experiences to prepare her for this role."
Chadwick, who led the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions at the former North Georgia College & State University since 2004 and at Georgia Southern University from 2000-2001, is excited about the opportunity.
"Our goal is to assist every student that we admit in meeting his or her educational goals," Chadwick said. "We strive to serve our students as we prepare them for their future. I am excited to work with our enrollment management division to help our students meet these goals."
Chadwick has studied enrollment management through professional development programs at Vanderbilt University and Harvard University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, a Master of Public Administration at Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Georgia. She has given presentations on enrollment management at professional conferences.
Antonia served as recruiting operations officer and director of cadet admissions for the former North Georgia College & State University for 10 years. In his new role, Antonia will supervise all of the university's undergraduate admissions offices and the recruitment efforts for associate students, baccalaureate students, transfer students, and cadets.
"Keith Antonia's experience as director of cadet admissions and close working relationship with undergraduate admissions for several years make him the obvious choice for the leadership role for all of undergraduate admissions, including cadet admissions," Walter said.
Antonia said he is excited about the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead.
"I know that there're a lot of really outstanding professionals in the admissions directorate on all campuses who work hard every day to help the university achieve its enrollment goals," Antonia said. "I look forward to working with them as we move forward to meet those challenges and take advantage of opportunities that arise."
Antonia retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel, having served 18 years as an infantry officer and an Army Ranger. Antonia served as CEO and commander of Camp Frank D. Merrill, an Army Ranger training site, and is a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame. He earned a bachelor's in general business administration from University of Connecticut and a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.
With about 15,000 students, UNG is the state’s seventh-largest public university. The regional, multi-campus university offers more than 100 programs of study, including certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and professional doctoral programs.
UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the country. The others are the Citadel, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Military Institute, and Virginia Tech. UNG is designated as a University System of Georgia leadership institution and as The Military College of Georgia.