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Dawn S. Medley Named Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

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Medley headshot 1Stony Brook, NY — June 25, 2021--Dawn S. Medley, associate vice provost of enrollment management and chief enrollment/financial aid officer at Wayne State University, has been named Stony Brook University’s next Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, effective July 15. It was announced by Paul M. Goldbart, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Medley will lead the Office of Enrollment Management and Retention to advance enrollment strategies at the undergraduate and graduate levels that align with the University’s priorities. As a member of the University’s leadership team, she will guide efforts to strengthen Stony Brook’s national and international competitiveness and enhance its commitment to education as a vehicle for upward social mobility. 

“Dawn’s commitment to helping students succeed by implementing new ideas and programs made her a particularly strong candidate,” said Goldbart. “I enthusiastically welcome her to the leadership team, as we work together to recruit and retain talented graduate and undergraduate students from around the state, country, and world.”

A first-generation student and Pell Grant recipient, Medley comes to Stony Brook with more than 25 years of experience in student recruitment, enrollment management, and financial aid administration. She has worked at institutions ranging from small private colleges to major land-grant research universities. She has a strong commitment to access to education, and understands intimately the challenges facing these student populations. Her background is particularly relevant at Stony Brook, which is deeply committed to empowering upward social mobility through educational opportunities. 

“I share Stony Brook’s deep commitment to access and student success, and I am eager to begin working with the Enrollment Management team and the rest of the University community to strengthen efforts to recruit and retain the best students into our undergraduate, graduate, and professional and continuing education programs,” said Medley. “Stony Brook has a compelling mission and role in society, and I look forward to being a part of it.”

During her five years at Wayne State, Medley led the effort to realign aid and scholarship budgets to support the university’s strategic goals; expanded recruitment efforts through collaboration with community organizations; implemented advanced technologies and an expanded customer-relationship management system; and placed a special emphasis on adult reengagement and debt mitigation, building a national model for such programs through Wayne State’s Warrior Way Back initiative.

She and her team created a last-dollar tuition program that provided full tuition and fee support to half of the university’s incoming class. This Heart of Detroit initiative, paired with new student recruitment strategies, contributed to a 55-percent increase in Black enrollment and a 17 percent increase in Latina and Latino enrollment in the freshman class in one year during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Overall, their efforts led to the expansion of the incoming class by nearly a quarter and recruited and enrolled the three largest freshmen classes in WSU’s history.

Medley has an Ed.S. in higher education leadership from Lindenwood University and an M.S. in Administration from Southeast Missouri State University, and is working to complete an Ed.D. in higher-education leadership, also from Lindenwood University.

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Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 27,000 students, 2,800 faculty members, more than 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter(@stonybrooku).

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