DECATUR – With the appointment of Sarah Shupenus as Millikin University's new vice president for enrollment and marketing, Patrick White has his administrative team in place one year after his appointment as the university's 15th president.
Since his appointment, White has also hired Jeff Aper as provost and named Ruby Brase as his vice president for finance and business affairs, among other changes.
Monday's announcement eliminates the term “interim” from the titles of all 31 members of Millikin's administration. When White arrived in Decatur as the university's interim president on July 1, 2013, two of his four vice presidents, Shupenus and Brase, were “interim” and a third, filled this summer by Aper, was vacant.
“It is very important to me that everyone in the cabinet not only manages a particular area but also demonstrates a commitment to leading the whole university,” White said. “Sarah Shupenus, Ruby Brase and others have demonstrated this vital ability.”
Brase was named interim vice president of finance and business affairs in February 2013 and was previously director of financial operations. She has been with Millikin since 2000.
Shupenus began her Millikin career in 1997 as a staff writer for the marketing department. She was promoted to associate marketing director in 2000 and director in 2005 and led the university's first-ever brand development project identifying performance learning as a distinctive element of a Millikin education.
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Named interim vice president of enrollment in February 2013, Shupenus helped achieve the highest freshman-to-sophomore retention rate in the last 10 years.
Shupenus will lead Millikin's redefined Enrollment and Marketing division, which is comprised of the offices of Admission, Student Financial Services, Marketing and Media Relations, Institutional Research, International Recruitment and Student Development.
She earned a bachelor of arts in English from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and a master of arts in English – rhetoric and composition from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., where she served as an English instructor for four years prior to joining Millikin.