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Hilton Named Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

March 22, 2016

Dr. Warren HiltonKUTZTOWN, Pa. - Dr. Warren Hilton has been named vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, effective June 6.  The appointment was announced today by Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president.

Hilton will be responsible for all enrollment management activities and select student affairs programs in the newly restructured, cabinet-level position. Specific reporting structures for the division will be finalized in the weeks ahead.

"I am truly pleased to have Dr. Hilton join the administrative team at Kutztown University," Hawkinson said.  "I am also thrilled to attract an individual with his qualifications.  Dr. Hilton brings a wealth of experience to the position and a very versatile background that will give us strong leadership in both enrollment management and student affairs.  He will be a valuable asset to our recruitment and retention efforts as we continue to fulfill our mission of preparing students to meet lifelong intellectual, ethical, social, and career challenges."

Hilton comes to KU from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), where he has served as dean of enrollment management since August 2014.  He is responsible for overseeing an enrollment management division that includes 110 employees and a multi-million dollar budget.  He increased international student enrollment by 10 percent and maintained an overall stable enrollment for the college.

"I am very happy that the efforts of our search committee resulted in the successful identification and hiring of Dr. Warren Hilton as our new vice president for enrollment management and student affairs," said Dr. Anne Zayaitz, acting provost/vice president for academic and student affairs and search committee chair.  "The search process attracted a talented pool of candidates from across the nation.  Dr. Hilton's knowledge, experience, versatility and interpersonal skills allowed him to rise to the top with the search committee, the university community and the administration.  I want to thank everyone who participated in the search process and welcome Dr. Hilton to the Kutztown University family."

"It is humbling to join a talented and caring group of faculty and staff at Kutztown University,"  said Hilton, who holds master's and bachelor's degrees from KU's Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education sister institution, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).  "As an alumnus of the State System of Higher Education, I look forward to serving the students and alumni of one of the System's finest institutions.  I am confident that the institution will continue to build upon its rich history and reach new heights."

Prior to CCP, Hilton was the associate dean for student and external affairs at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he served for more than five years.  He was the senior student affairs, enrollment management, and external affairs officer for the School of Public Health.  He revamped the orientation program to include student success components, managed the advising system, and increased first-year student enrollment by 20 percent.  He was promoted to associate dean from the role of assistant dean for student and external affairs (2011-13), and assistant dean for student affairs (2009-11).

Hilton worked at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., from 2003 until 2009.   He was the associate dean for student development from 2006-09.  His responsibilities included the supervision of leadership development, student activities and orientation, community service, and career development.  From 2003-06, he served as Moravian's director for career development.   Hilton had stints early in his career as the assistant director for career development at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. (2001-03); academic advisor/evening administrator at Stevenson University in Stevenson, Md. (2002-03); volunteer career counselor/event planner at Baltimore Community College (2002-03); and course lecturer/career consultant at University of Maryland, College Park (1999-01).  He has taught graduate higher education as well as health management and policy related coursework since 2011. 

A native of Philadelphia, Hilton is a member of eight professional organizations and does extensive volunteer work.  He has completed nearly 30 publications and presentations, has been a journal peer reviewer and has secured two major grants. Hilton earned his Doctor in Education in educational leadership and management from Drexel.   He earned his Master of Arts in student affairs and Bachelor of Science in computer science with minor in economics from IUP.