Madsen to transfer from Emerson to Babson come November


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Vice President of Enrollment Management Ruthanne Madsen.

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large

Vice President of Enrollment Management Ruthanne Madsen will resign from her role at Emerson in November to transition to Babson College, where she will serve in the same capacity, a community-wide email correspondence from Interim President William Gilligan announced Wednesday.

During her time at Emerson, Madsen held positions as associate vice president for enrollment and student financial services, then interim vice president. After a national search in 2015, Madsen was named to lead the division, and would finish her time at the college as interim supervisor of the Social Justice Center.

Madsen supervised eight departments—Undergraduate Admission, Graduate Admission, Enrollment Technology, Enrollment Data and Analytics, Enrollment Marketing, Financial Aid, and Student Success. Under her leadership, the college has seen record breaking applications and enrollment, increased diversity of Emerson’s applicant pool, consistent rise in institution rankings, and has aided in the creation of additional scholarship opportunities.

Additionally, Madsen has launched several international initiatives including the BFA in Film Art in collaboration with the Paris College of Art and the Global Bachelor’s program in International and Political Communication in partnership with Franklin University Switzerland. Domestically, she played a key role in developing the business of creative enterprises program, the health and social change program, and the media psychology program.

“Ruthanne’s deep commitment to students, combined with her dedication to Emerson’s success will be felt at our institution for years to come,” Gilligan wrote. “Her team will continue to work toward our ambitious goals for enrollment and student success.”

The college will announce plans for the leadership of the Enrollment Management division in the coming weeks.