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YSU hires enrollment management expert

Published: Wed, October 9, 2013 @ 8:33 p.m.

Enrollment decreased the past three years

YSU hires enrollment management expert


After a months-long search, Youngstown State University trustees appointed Gary D. Swegan to the new associate vice president for enrollment planning and management position.

Swegan, whom YSU President Randy J. Dunn described as the “guru” that every university needs to take responsibility for all aspects of enrollment, will be paid $137,000 a year.

The target start date for Swegan, now the assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions at Bowling Green State University, is Nov. 18. His contract, approved unanimously by the board of trustees at a special meeting Wednesday, runs through June 30, 2016.

The position was created last April to address declining enrollment. The new associate vice president is part of the Student Affairs Department, and will report to Jack Fahey, vice president of student affairs, and Dunn.

“Every university has to have a guru who takes responsibility for enrollment. I see it as a wise move by the trustees. It’s very unusual for a school of this size to not have someone in this position,” Dunn said.

Swegan has a bachelor of science degree in education, sports marketing and information and a master of arts degree in college student personnel, both from BGSU.

He worked 25 years at Bowling Green, beginning in 1986 as a graduate assistant admissions counselor and rising to assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions in 2010.

In his resume, Swegan said that as chief admissions officer a record number of incoming freshmen and transfers were recorded in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2010; and in transitioning from quantity to quality, he said brought in the strongest academic class in more than 25 years with a 3.3 grade point average and average 22.6 ACT score.

Swegan said he increased minority enrollment from 8.97 percent of the freshmen class in 2001 to 20 percent for four consecutive years, 2010-2013.

Enrollment at YSU has dropped the last three years after near-record numbers in previous years.

In creating the position in April, YSU trustees said: “Our future stability rests primarily on our ability to maximize enrollment.”

Further, the rationale for creating the position says YSU and Central State University are the only institutions in the Interuniversity Council that don’t have an executive officer solely charged with enrollment management. Also, YSU’s Northeast Ohio competitors have devoted significant resources to maximize their enrollment efforts.


1redeye1(5612 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

KNIGHTCAP May I had a few ideas
1) hire real Professors instead of students teaching students
2) Quit letting students bring their babies to class and then feeding during class
3) Make it easier for students who have complaints to get answers

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2CPRIDEM10(40 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

They fire multiple employees last week because there is no money but they can afford to pay out six figures to this man that most likely will not increase enrollment. Makes a lot of sense.

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3DSquared(1778 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Knightcap for YSU Prez!!

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4DALER(4 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Maybe he can consult with Youngstown City Schools, too. Transportation Specialist/Enrollment Specialist... Maybe a commission to study transportation wouldn't be needed.

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5Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Well first on the list is to increase tuition by a few percent to pay his salary. That will bring em in in droves to enroll.

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6UNCOMMONSENSE(622 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I have to agree that this is another waste of money. In 2007 enrollment dropped by 3.3% and again in 2008 it dropped by 4.4% at Bowling Green State University. Source: www.bgsu.edu

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7lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Welcome to Youngstown, President Dunn. Where every idiot with a keyboard thinks he's an f'ing genius.

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8djechm(5 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

75 administrators on campus when the enrollment topped 15K a few years ago. 125 (ok, 126) administrators now when enrollment is at it's lowest.

I'm sure the 6 support staff folks who lost their jobs last week will put a huge dent in the deficit. I'm thinking their combined salaries probably just made up for the new "guru's" salary.

YSU has to decide what kind of university it wishes to be. If you are going to stop accepting EVERYONE then enrollment is going to drop (shocking concept, I know), but those that do come in will be more prepared and actually increase the graduation rates.

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9Dagwood(484 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

YSU is a commuter school. The population in YTOWN and the suburbs has decreased drastically.

This is why enrollment is down and declining.

Here is a link to your own article Vindy.


Mr Swegan you are gonna have to build up the population of the area. Good Luck with that.

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10maeby12(9 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

YSU hires a rainmaker! If you don't want to hire people with doctoral degrees to be in VP positions like all the other universities in the world, FINE! Stop paying them like they have doctoral degrees! How much is Fahey making? He earned that job fair and square by placing his lips and puckering at the right time and place, but if he can't make it rain, it's time to say good-bye. Look, I just found some money......

Saying that your deficit is due to declining enrollment and state support is like the corner drunk saying he's broke because he didn't win the lotto again. Enrollment and state support have been declining for many,many years. Took you by surprise this year, did it? Hey, I know, maybe you need to hire a Financial Specialist. Why not see if that corner drunk is free for $150,000 a year?

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