UT Dallas Names Vice President for Enrollment Management

Curt Eley Will Take Strategic Role in Recruitment, Retention Efforts

Feb. 19, 2008

Curt Eley will join The University of Texas at Dallas later this month as the vice president of enrollment management, bringing with him more than 22 years’ experience in higher education, much of it focused on prospect management and student retention.

Eley will serve as the primary architect of a broad-reaching recruitment and enrollment campaign for the University and will be charged with developing and implementing strategies and programs to ensure enrollment growth, enhancement of diversity and retention of talented students across all academic programs.

He will provide direct supervision to the offices of the registrar, financial aid and enrollment services. 

“The filling of this position was the result of a comprehensive national search,” said UT Dallas President Dr. David E. Daniel.  “Curt Eley is highly experienced and possesses a deep understanding of best practices for all aspects of the admissions process.  I know he will take a decisive role in the University’s future growth, which is essential in helping us meet the goals set forth in our strategic plan.”

Eley will help to carefully plan institutional growth and will work with administrators campus-wide to ensure a smooth transition for students.  Working closely with the deans of UT Dallas’ seven schools, he will identify primary target populations and work to recruit and enroll students to enhance diversity and preserve the quality of the student body.

Externally, Eley will be charged with building and maintaining articulation and partnership agreements with numerous educational and civic organizations.

“I’m thrilled to get to work at UT Dallas, to collaborate with my staff — and with offices across campus — to go after the best and brightest students worldwide,” Eley said.  “I want prospective students to know that UT Dallas has a place for them.”

Eley will report directly to President Daniel.  He will oversee a staff of nearly 300 full-time and part-time employees and also will manage the preparation and implementation of divisional planning and budgeting activities.

Eley comes to UT Dallas from the University of Dallas, a private Catholic university in Irving, Texas, where he served as dean of enrollment management.  He also has served as an assistant dean at Southern Methodist University’s School of Engineering and in other roles at Texas A&M University.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M and his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University.


Media contact:  Jenni Huffenberger, UT Dallas, jennib@utdallas.edu, 972-883-4431

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Curt Eley
Curt Eley will supervise the registrar, financial aid and enrollment services offices.

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