Flagel named senior VP for students and enrollment

New administrator emphasizes importance of access and engaging diverse students

Andrew Flagel is the new senior vice president for students and enrollment.

President Fred Lawrence today announced that Andrew Flagel will be the new senior vice president for students and enrollment, starting Sept. 1.  The board of trustees approved Lawrence’s recommendation last Thursday.  

Flagel joins Brandeis from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he was dean of admissions and associate vice president of enrollment development.

“Throughout his career Andrew has shown himself to be an innovator and someone who cares deeply about the quality of the student experience,” said Lawrence. “His energy and passion for higher education are truly remarkable and our student body today, and in the years to come, will benefit greatly from his presence and leadership on our campus.”

While at George Mason, Flagel designed programs to increase college success for at-risk students, expand international student enrollment, promote student engagement through curricular and co-curricular activities and service, and expand experiential learning opportunities.

“I’ve been very fortunate in my career to work in institutions that share my values: advocacy for access to higher education and engaging diverse students in solving critical issues of social justice,” said Flagel. “I was immediately drawn to Brandeis, where those values are at its heart. I am thrilled to join President Lawrence’s team and I share his belief that Brandeis has a unique and important role in higher education.”   

Flagel said he also was attracted by Brandeis’ culture of student engagement. “We are recruiting, enrolling and engaging not just future leaders, but current leaders,” he said. “We need to continue to make sure there are opportunities for a wide variety of voices to be heard.”

At Brandeis, Flagel will oversee the university’s Division of Student Affairs, which includes athletics, student activities, community living, the interfaith chaplaincy, orientation, the health center, psychological counseling services and more. He will also oversee Enrollment Management, including the Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Services, as well as the Hiatt Career Center.

Prior to joining George Mason, Flagel was director of admissions and recruitment at the Flint Campus of the University of Michigan, director of enrollment and public relations at the Congressional Youth Leadership Council in Washington, D.C., and regional director of admissions at George Washington University. At George Mason he founded the Washington Journalism and Media Conference and the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, established a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and helped to found the school’s award-winning spirit band, the Green Machine.

Flagel earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. He is the featured admissions columnist on the My College Options website.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Flagel is married to Jennifer Flagel, associate vice president for George Mason’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. They have a nine-year-old son, Joshua.

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