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Lycoming College President Kent Trachte, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Michael Konopski as vice president for enrollment management, effective July 1. Konopski will provide vision and direction for the college’s enrollment and financial aid offices and serve as a member of the senior leadership team. He will succeed James Spencer, who is retiring on June 30 after a highly successful 25-year career at the college.
“During the interview process, Mike Konopski demonstrated enthusiasm about Lycoming’s future and an understanding of its mission as a national liberal arts college,” Trachte said. “He brings to the job 25 years of great experience in enrollment management, and I am confident that he is the right person to lead Lycoming in developing strategies that respond to the changing demographic environment that Lycoming faces. He shares our commitment to recruiting a student body that reflects the full spectrum of the American population and includes students from around the world.”
Konopski currently serves as interim vice president for enrollment management at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.V. He previously served as dean of enrollment management at Niagara University in Buffalo, N.Y., where he led a team that produced multiple years of record freshman classes while also improving retention. He also increased undergraduate and graduate enrollment to the highest levels in school history, and planned and executed strategies that increased the number of students from out-of-state and diverse populations.
“I am very excited to be joining Lycoming and working to meet and exceed its enrollment goals going forward,” Konopski said. “During the interview process, I was very impressed with President Trachte. His energy and leadership has permeated the campus. I felt like a great fit with the faculty and staff I met during my campus interview. With its strong financial foundation and initiatives to increase enrollment through partnerships such as KIPP, and efforts to increase international enrollment, I believe Lycoming is poised to be a leader among national liberal arts and sciences institutions.”
Konopski has also been active in various professional organizations, including serving as past president of the Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Catholic College Admission Association. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
The New York native was born in Corning and raised in Watkins Glen. He earned a bachelor’s in communications from State University of New York at Geneseo in 1985 and a master’s in student personnel administration at State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.
Konospki’s family includes his wife, Carolyn, who was a Lycoming admissions counselor in the early 1990s, and their three sons, Daniel, 18, Derek, 15, and Jacob, 12.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.