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Ohio Wesleyan University Appoints Vice President for University Enrollment
Rebecca Eckstein to Oversee Admission, Financial Aid and Communication

June 20, 2011

DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced the appointment of Rebecca Eckstein as vice president for enrollment, overseeing the University's admission, financial aid, and university communications staffs. Eckstein currently serves as dean of admission at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. She will join the Ohio Wesleyan staff in July.

"Rebecca has 17 years of experience in student recruitment and financial aid management, and under her leadership, Stetson University realized a dramatic increase in enrollment in 2011, yielding a class that exceeds last year by 27 percent," said Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D. "We are extremely fortunate to have someone with the depth of experience Rebecca will bring to our organization. She will be a tremendous asset in our efforts to recruit and retain high-achieving students who embrace theory-to-practice and global learning opportunities as part of their college experience at Ohio Wesleyan. We look forward to welcoming Rebecca to our University community."

At Stetson, Eckstein has introduced creative strategies that helped the University exceed its student recruiting goals in total enrollment, out-of-state enrollment, and international student recruitment, while also managing to increase the academic profile of the 2011 incoming class. Prior to joining Stetson, Eckstein worked in admissions at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, in a range of progressively more responsible positions. Under her leadership as dean of admissions at Hollins, the University increased its enrollment each year, while also improving the academic quality and diversity of each class. Before entering higher education, Eckstein served as an accountant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"Ohio Wesleyan has a bright future under Rock Jones' leadership, and students across the country and around the world will be drawn to what OWU has to offer," Eckstein said. "I am honored to have the opportunity to join Ohio Wesleyan at such an exciting time, and to help the University recruit students who will thrive and prosper in its distinctive academic environment."

Eckstein holds a bachelor's degree from Mary Baldwin College and has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in computer science from Hollins University. She is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.