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CWU President Gaudino Names Josh Hibbard Vice President of Enrollment Management

CWU President James L. Gaudino today announced the appointment of Josh Hibbard as the university’s vice president of enrollment management. Hibbard previously served as interim vice president of enrollment management.


“While serving as interim vice president, Josh has shown not only a deep understanding of the position but has provided the type of leadership needed in our enrollment management efforts,” Gaudino said. “I’m confident he can successfully navigate through the enrollment challenges ahead.”


Gaudino said the search committee recommended Hibbard because of his data-driven and forward-thinking approach.


“Josh has demonstrated leadership and strategic expertise with record-breaking enrollment,” Gaudino continued. “He also enjoys strong relationships with academic and administrative leadership.”


As vice president of enrollment management, Hibbard’s duties are overseeing Student Financial Services, the Game On! program and comprehensive enrollment management, including the Office of Admissions and implementation of the Strategic Enrollment Management plan. The plan, branded “Destination 2025,” lays out an overall strategy to ensure students stay in school and persist to graduation. The comprehensive plan articulates retention and recruitment activities, financial aid policies and administration, and recruitment strategies.


“We have so much to offer at Central, from award-winning professors and state-of-the-art facilities to affordability and a commitment to serving students,” Hibbard said. “I look forward to ensuring that Central Washington remains one of the top choices for college-bound students.”


Hibbard said he was particularly excited to continuing the work he and his colleagues have begun in the Enrollment Management division and with stakeholders across the university.


Prior to serving as interim vice president, Hibbard was Central’s associate vice president for admissions and enrollment. From 2004 to 2017, he held several positions at Azusa Pacific University, including associate vice president for enrollment and student success, director for student success, and director of institutional research and assessment.


Hibbard has a PhD in Higher Education Administration, as well as an MA in social science from Azusa Pacific University, and a BA in Biblical Studies from Life Pacific University.


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