30 years of Enrollment Success

Thirty-One Years of Professional Advancement

Join us in 2019 at the premier training and networking event for professionals in enrollment management at small colleges and universities.

Welcome to Raleigh – A Blossoming Southern Metropolis

Keynote Speaker

An Enrollment Professional’s Worst Nightmare

Brian Ralph
President of William Peace University


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Can you think of something more terrifying than a college President who had a 23 year career in enrollment management, who also has college-searching and college-enrolled children? Journey with me as I share some of the best and worst of what I and my family have experienced thus far. I’ll be sharing lessons learned about the process and how it has impacted my work as a President. I’ll be covering everything from admissions and financial aid areas to transitioning to college and student retention. Importantly, I’ll share some things I know now (as a parent and/or a President) that I wish I knew when I worked in admissions and enrollment management. Lastly, you’ll be given a few tips on how to successfully engage your President in the important work of admissions and student success.

President of William Peace University in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Brian C. Ralph began his higher education career as an admissions counselor and then Director of Admissions for Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. He later accepted the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Bethany College in Bethany, WV, and then Vice President for Enrollment Management at Queens University of Charlotte.

Dr. Ralph has also served as a part-time, senior associate consultant with Ruffalo Noel Levitz, LLC, where he specialized in strategic enrollment planning. Author of a chapter entitled “Strategy Development” in the book Strategic Enrollment Planning, Dr. Ralph has presented at regional and national conferences and served on the advisory board to the National Small College Enrollment Association. He recently was selected to serve on the faculty for the Council for Independent College’s 2019 President’s Institute.

During his tenure at William Peace University, the institution has launched a bold, new plan that focuses on four strategic themes – Immersive Learning, Innovative Partnerships, Strategic Growth, and Distinctive Identity. In implementing these themes, the University has executed over 35 new initiatives, added 10 new majors, grown new traditional student enrollment by 6%, improved student retention, increased the number of alumni donors by 54%, created a new campus master plan, and added six new NCAA Division III athletics programs.

Dr. Ralph received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University, and both a Master in Business Administration and Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Communication and Culture from Ohio University. Dr. Ralph and his wife, Kristen, have been married for 24 years and have three daughters, Abby, Eden, and Izzy, along with a Bernese Mountain dog, Zoe, and a Border Collie, Scout.

Session Highlights


The Raleigh Marriott City Center offers a warm welcome to North Carolina’s capitol city. This modern hotel is close to the area’s top entertainment, distinctive shopping, dining and business district. Relax or connect with friends in the great room lobby with fireplace, featuring Starbucks and award-winning Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen serving farm to table southern cuisine and uniquely crafted cocktails. Enjoy a rejuvenating workout in our 24-hour fitness center and indoor pool. Once you’ve retired to your room you’ll never want to leave the beautifully redesigned guest rooms that offer state-of-the-art amenities to suit your busy lifestyle.

After you register for the conference you will be provided a link through which you may secure a room at the discounted rate of $179.