Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and the Student Experience Laurie Koehler will step down in August, according to a University release Tuesday.
Koehler will leave on Aug. 7 to serve as the vice president for marketing and enrollment strategy at Ithaca College. Provost Forrest Maltzman will manage her responsibilities until a replacement is found during a search beginning this fall, the release states.
“While leaving GW is hard, I am excited to join the Ithaca College community,” Koehler said in the release. “I am energized by their commitment to access, diversity and inclusion, as well as their innovative thinking about the future of the college.”
Koehler was hired in 2013 as the associate provost for enrollment management, tasked with integrating the financial aid, registrar and admissions offices. Within months of starting her position, the admissions office came under fire for falsely claiming a need-blind admissions policy.
Over the past year, Koehler oversaw the restructuring of the student affairs and enrollment divisions and helped to redesign freshman orientation into a single session in the fall instead of multiple summer sessions. She also headed an overhaul of the financial aid office, assigning students with a financial aid adviser and launching a council for students to advise officials of financial aid concerns.
Koehler had a hand in officials’ decision to go test-optional in 2015, contributing to a spike in applications the following year. Officials have also accepted more students each year since the switch, only falling this spring.
She also aimed to attract a more diverse student body, setting out on recruitment trips to target students from historically marginalized and international communities. Last academic year, the undergraduate student population was its most diverse in recent memory.
The University has recently lost Dean of Admissions Costas Solomou, who announced his resignation late last month. Maltzman, the provost who will oversee the student affairs office while officials search for Koehler’s successor, will also step down from his post once a replacement is found.
“I am grateful for the many contributions that Laurie made to GW and for how much her team, and I personally, have learned from her,” Maltzman said in the release. “We are all better leaders who take a more collaborative, student-centered and comprehensive view because of her. She will be missed.”