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Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions

Douglas L. Christiansen is Vanderbilt University’s vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions as well as assistant professor of public policy and higher education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.

In his role as vice provost, Christiansen serves as the university’s chief enrollment strategist, overseeing the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid, the University Registrar, and Honor Scholarships. He administers the Chancellors and the ENGAGE scholars programs, as well as the Lanier scholarship program. Before he was recruited to Vanderbilt in the summer of 2006, he served as assistant vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Under his leadership, applications for admission to Purdue increased by 48 percent, resulting in improved academic quality, ethnic diversity and international presence. He also was on the faculty of Purdue’s College of Education.

Prior to joining Purdue in 1995, Christiansen was associate director of Student Recruitment and High School Services at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration, a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Christiansen is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counselors and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and has given numerous presentations at these national meetings. He also is a member of The College Board, the Association of Chief Admissions Officers of Public Universities and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. As an active member of these organizations, Christiansen has been appointed to several sub-committees and task forces on topics ranging from access to higher education to ethical admissions and financial aid practices.

A frequent speaker and conference panelist, Christiansen has also presented nationally at the North American Enrollment Management Institute and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and internationally at the Higher Education SAP summit. In addition, he also consults with universities throughout the United States on enrollment management and revenue generation funding models and has conducted more than 60 consulting engagements working directly with presidents, trustees, enrollment professionals and faculty on enrollment related issues.


Douglas Christiansen

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