As dean of enrollment management, Edward Gillis leads the undergraduate enrollment efforts for the University. He is recognized widely as a national leader in college admissions and an experienced professional with a long track record of success. He was previously assistant vice president of enrollment management and executive director of admission.
Gillis supervises a number of offices that fall under the Division of Enrollment Management, including the Offices of Admission, International Admission, Financial Assistance Services, Student Employment, E-Communication and Market Research, and Technical Operations.
Gillis began working at UM some 19 years ago when the University had not yet cracked the upper echelon of the prestigious U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” ranking. Since that time, UM has been one of the fastest-rising institutions on the list, rising to No. 38 in the 2012 rankings and maintaining its position as the top-ranked school in Florida. Rising SAT scores of its incoming freshman classes are among the key factors that prompted the meteoric rise. From 2001 to 2011, the average SAT score of UM’s incoming freshmen rose from 1190 to 1315. Also during his tenure, the University has become more selective in the students it admits. About 28,000 students applied for 2,150 slots for fall 2011.
To attract more academically gifted applicants, Gillis’s office reaches out to high school guidance counselors, students, and parents.