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Capital University Names Jean-Paul Spagnolo VP for Strategic Enrollment Management
Capital University has named Jean-Paul “JP” Spagnolo as its vice president for Strategic Enrollment Management. Spagnolo, who has served since 2012 as associate vice president for Enrollment Management at University of Saint Francis, in Fort Wayne, Ind., was appointed by President Beth Paul following a national search. He will begin November 1.“JP brings to Capital the right blend of enrollment management strategy, recruitment marketing and admission experience, and student leadership and success contributions,” President Paul said. “His breadth of knowledge at each stage of the student experience, along with his servant-leader approach, are the perfect complement to Capital’s emphasis on recruiting best-fit students, and supporting them throughout the student experience to help them reach their educational goals.”
– Jean-Paul “JP” Spagnolo
During his time as AVP, and previously as director of admissions and enrollment marketing at University of Saint Francis, Spagnolo served as chief enrollment officer with oversight of admission, financial aid, retention, registrar and diversity programming. He was instrumental in the development of a diversity resource center, strategic enrollment management plans, university-wide marketing, recruitment and retention practices, and implementation of a retention modeling effort to support enrollment goals.
Analyzing trends and enrollment data to inform business strategies, planning and goals, he oversaw institutional financial aid awarding philosophy and budget, and served on the president’s cabinet, as liaison to the board of trustees, and consultant to deans and the faculty. Spagnolo has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and is completing his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Education Administration from the University of Nebraska.Beginning his higher education career at Utah Valley University, in Orem, Utah, Spagnolo taught student success, marketing and communication as an adjunct faculty member. Soon, he transitioned into student life and mentoring, accepting leadership positions in student excellence, orientation and student government. He then worked in the admission office as assistant director of admission and director of enrollment marketing.“I found a passion for higher education, not because I had always planned a career in higher education, but because the transitions in my life and career led me here and prepared me for this moment,” Spagnolo said. “Those positions shaped me for leadership in enrollment management. I’m a believer in servant leadership. I have a passion for higher education because I see it as one of the most effective tools we have to empower people to make their lives better, and improve society.”Drawn to Capital by the sense of energy he felt from the entire University community — students, faculty, staff and University leadership committed to moving in the right direction together — Spagnolo concluded his interview process knowing Capital was where he belonged. “It became clear to me when I visited the campuses that the CapFam was more than just a saying. When I walked into the University environment I felt that true sense of ‘family’ expressed in different ways,” Spagnolo said. “Questions asked of me were phrased just so, to help people understand if I was the right fit as an enrollment strategist and as a person. It’s very clear that everyone at Capital wants to seize this moment in time, when there is a clear sense of purpose, an interest in moving forward, growing and advancing the institution under the strong leadership of President Paul,” he said. “I want to be part of capturing that opportunity for Capital, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the leadership team.”Spagnolo and his wife, Alison “Ali,” have three children – Braden, 10; Isabella “Bella,” 7; and Camden, 3.