Jackson State University alumnus Jerald Woolfolk Adley has been named vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the State University of New York at Oswego effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Adley has been vice president for student affairs, enrollment management and diversity at Mississippi Valley State University since 2011 and was previously vice president for student affairs at CUNY’s College of Staten Island.
“Across 25 years in higher education administration at three institutions, Dr. Adley has built a record as a strategic innovator in student affairs who sets clear and high goals and provides the leadership to achieve them,” Stanley said. “We are delighted to welcome her to SUNY Oswego.”
At Mississippi Valley, Adley led initiatives that significantly increased enrollment, including raising freshman enrollment by 18 percent in one year. As associate dean of students for residential life at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, she implemented a range of initiatives—academic, security, administrative and marketing—that increased residence hall occupancy from 50 percent to full capacity.
In addition to her accomplishments on her home campuses, Adley is active nationally in her field. She is an accreditation evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Higher education institutions in Delaware, Alabama, North Carolina and Arkansas have retained her as a consultant on accreditation, strategic planning, enrollment management and organizational management.
She received her doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi. She began her career as a counselor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Jackson State and her master’s degree in counselor education from Iowa State University.
The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Oswego, which Adley will oversee, encompasses Admissions, Financial Aid, Auxiliary Services, Residence Life and Housing, Student Conduct and Compliance, Walker Health Center and the Counseling Center, Campus Life, Athletics, Student Advisement, Orientation and Career Services.
Adley will succeed Joseph Grant, who retired in 2012.