University of Vermont

Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President

Biography of Vice President for Enrollment Management,
Christopher H. Lucier

Chris LucierChris Lucier, M.P.A., Vice President for Enrollment Management began his appointment as Vice President for Enrollment Management (VPEM) at the University of Vermont on August 27, 2007. As a member of the Provost’s senior leadership team, Chris helps shape and manage overall university strategy. As VPEM he is responsible for developing enrollment management strategy and implementing and assessing operational programs to recruit, admit, retain, and graduate undergraduate students consistent with UVM’s traditions, values, mission, and vision. He directly supervises the undergraduate admissions office, registrar’s office, student financial services, office of international education, and military science, and he provides senior administrative leadership and management over all matters relating to undergraduate student recruitment and retention.

At UVM Chris has led successful strategic efforts to enhance undergraduate student success and satisfaction to improve retention and persistence to graduation, and to increase domestic and international diversity. Additionally, under his leadership the Division of Enrollment Management has been at the forefront of leveraging technology to improve service and efficiency.

Chris came to the University of Vermont from the University of Michigan where he served as Senior Associate Director and Director of Recruitment and Operations in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from 2001-2007. At the University of Michigan Chris was responsible for all aspects of the day to day operations of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. He also supervised the operational planning and implementation that helped bring strategic admissions and enrollment goals to reality. Chris was instrumental in developing strong collaborative relationships with the schools, colleges, and University offices, involved in undergraduate admissions. He is recognized as the architect of the individualized, comprehensive, and holistic application review process adopted by the University of Michigan following the US Supreme Court's June 23, 2003 rulings in Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger.

Chris is a member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence, and has served on several committees with the College Board and the Michigan Association of College Admissions Counseling. He has presented at a many regional and national conferences on a range of admissions and enrollment topics, including Affirmative Action and seeking diversity through the admissions process and leveraging technology.

Chris began his enrollment management career in March 2001 after serving in the US Army for 21 years. His last assignment was as the Chair of the Army Officer Education Program (Army ROTC) at the University of Michigan from May 1997 to March 2001. During his tenure in the "Wolverine Battalion" he also served on the Faculty Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs' (SACUA) Government Relations Committee, ultimately serving as the committee chair. His military leadership experience laid the foundation for Chris’ focus on accomplishing difficult tasks while building an effective team. During his Army career he served in primarily Armor and Cavalry assignments in the United States and in Germany, and he was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal three times.

Chris holds a B.S. in Renewable Natural Resources from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University. He is also a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College. He is married to the former Rosemary Smith and they have four sons.

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