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William Sommers of Chambersburg is Wilson College’s new vice president for enrollment management.

William E. Sommers

Sommers brings 30 years of experience in the recruitment and retention of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

He starts his new job at Wilson July 1, replacing David Boisvert. Boisvert served as an interim vice president in the role for three years.

Sommers has dedicated his professional career to all aspects of enrollment management at higher education institutions. Beginning as an admissions counselor, he has progressed through ever-increasing levels of responsibility and leadership roles within the division.

Sommers currently serves as the vice president for enrollment management at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He oversees the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, and Information Technology Services at Shepherd. Sommers was associate vice president for enrollment management at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa., from 2013 to 2016.


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Sommers chosen from national field

Wilson conducted an exhaustive national search to fill the important position, with the help of Spelman Johnson, a search firm specializing in higher education leadership roles.

“Now more than ever, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is absolutely critical that we have strong leadership, experience and creativity guiding our student enrollment processes,” said Wilson College President Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D. 

Sommers brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, he said. He cited Sommers understanding of our region and the higher education landscape.

“Those that have worked with him describe him as a collaborative, data-driven leader,” he said. “I know he will be a great fit for our executive team as we continue to navigate the constantly changing world of higher education.”

Sommers will report to Wilson’s president. He is responsible for providing vision, leadership and effective administration of the enrollment management division and its functions.

He will work closely with Wilson’s president, the executive team, academic deans and directors, faculty, staff, students and the Board of Trustees. The idea is to strengthen a collaborative college-wide effort to enroll, retain and support students.

“I am excited to join the team at Wilson College and am very much looking forward to helping the College continue its past success in recruiting both traditional and non-traditional students,” Sommers said. “Wilson is a great institution and has a lot to offer students, especially those looking for a college that can offer a more personalized student experience.”

Sommers education includes a BA in speech communications from Ripon College and masters in management from Cardinal Stritch University. Both are located in Wisconsin.

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