Jimmie Foster Jr. has been appointed to serve as Franklin & Marshall’s vice president for enrollment management. He will begin his duties at F&M on June 1.
Currently vice president of enrollment planning at the College of Charleston, Foster was selected after a highly competitive national search. Reporting to the president as a member of F&M’s senior staff, he will oversee more than 30 professionals in all areas of recruitment, enrollment and financial aid, while partnering with colleagues across campus to integrate student retention in the overall plan for enrollment.
Foster joins F&M’s leadership at a time of real momentum for the College. Building on a decade of significant achievement, F&M is well on its way toward the successful conclusion of the largest fundraising campaign in College history and is experiencing significant increases in applications, average SAT scores, diversity, and global reputation. Foster will leverage that momentum by developing a strategic enrollment plan that appeals to high-achieving students during a time of rapidly evolving demographics for highly selective liberal arts colleges.
“Franklin & Marshall is in high demand in the admission marketplace and competes confidently for talented students across the country and around the world,” said President Barbara Altmann. “This year, we have enjoyed extraordinary leadership from Don Saleh, as our interim vice president for enrollment management, and I now look forward to working closely with Jimmie. Jimmie brings a great balance of innovative thinking and seasoned leadership to this role. He thoroughly understands the challenges and opportunities of the liberal arts college environment, and the vital importance of this portfolio for the future of F&M. He was attracted to this role for all the right reasons. We are eager to welcome him to the team.”
Foster has served as the College of Charleston’s vice president of enrollment planning since 2017 after four years as assistant vice president for enrollment management. His accomplishments include creating the Office of Enrollment Information to guide enrollment strategy decisions. The work of the office focused on the full development of its customer relationship management tool and dedicated multiple positions to research and analysis for data modeling. He also secured significant funding for financial aid and launched Charleston’s Aid Strategies Collaborative, which built new strategies for enrollment planning and budgeting. Thanks to these efforts, nonresident enrollment at the College grew by 20 percent. He also developed the iCharleston international bridge program that has served almost 400 students since its 2014 inception.
“I am incredibly happy to join Franklin and Marshall College and a community so close to my hometown of York, Pa. I am excited to work with President Altmann and the entire F&M community. The strong reputation of the College’s faculty and students, as well as President Altmann’s clear vision for the future, drew me to this opportunity. I look forward to leading the impressive enrollment management team as we build upon F&M’s success in enrolling and retaining a talented and diverse student body.”
Foster began his work at Charleston as director of freshman admissions from 2008 to 2012. He was dean of undergraduate admissions and orientation at Northeastern University in 2012-13 before returning to Charleston. He began his career in enrollment management at George Mason University where he held several positions from 2001 to 2008. Foster earned his bachelor’s degree in government and politics from George Mason and his master’s degree in higher education administration from Drexel University.