CONWAY, Ark. (March 4, 2020) — Hendrix
College has named Ryan Cassell to be its new Vice President of Enrollment and
Dean of Admission, effective June 1.
Cassell comes to Hendrix from The
University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he has worked since 2009
and currently serves as Associate Dean of Admission. Prior to his promotion to
Associate Dean, he served as Director of Admission.
range from developing Sewanee’s long‐term, strategic enrollment initiatives to
overseeing day-to-day enrollment operations, including supervising and training
staff members. During Cassell’s tenure, the number of applications increased
from 2,800 to more than 4,900.
“We are thrilled to have Ryan join the
Hendrix community,” said Hendrix President Ellis Arnold. “With the breadth and
depth of his experience and knowledge of the current higher education
landscape, I am confident he will lead our enrollment program into a new era.”
Prior to his tenure at Sewanee, Cassell
was a faculty member and Assistant Director of College Advising at Brebeuf Jesuit
Preparatory School in Indianapolis, where he advised students throughout the
college search and selection process, taught anatomy and zoology, and developed
the school’s Advanced Placement Environmental Science curriculum.
“I am excited for the opportunity to lead
the enrollment program at Hendrix and to introduce prospective students and
families to this incredible institution,” Cassell said, adding that he and his
family “felt an instant connection to campus and to Conway.”
“When we visited, we saw firsthand the
strong sense of community that is a hallmark of Hendrix,” he said. “We can’t
wait to build new relationships and contribute positively to Hendrix and its
An alumnus of Ball State University in
Muncie, Indiana, Cassell earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in
general biology, and a Master of Arts degree, majoring in student affairs
administration in higher education. He also earned a Master of Arts in teaching
from the University of Indianapolis. He currently serves as president of the
Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC). Cassell and his
wife, Erin, have four children.
About Hendrix College
A private liberal arts college in Conway,
Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the
country’s leading liberal arts
institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change
Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its
academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a
fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876,
Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To
learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.