Darren Crowder has been selected to lead enrollment management efforts at Southwest Baptist University as the new dean of enrollment management.
“Including his time as a student at SBU, Darren has been at the university for almost 20 years, and he is truly passionate about SBU and Christian higher education,” said C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., president. “He has a proven track record of undergraduate recruitment success on our Bolivar and Springfield campuses, and I am confident that through his leadership SBU enrollment will continue to thrive.”
Crowder graduated from SBU in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in religious education and began working as an SBU admissions counselor after his graduation. He was promoted to assistant director of admissions in 2000, associate director of admissions in 2002 and director of admissions in 2005.
As director of admissions, Crowder has been in charge of all aspects of undergraduate recruitment for both the Bolivar and Springfield campuses. He has led SBU to breaking several institutional enrollment records, has grown undergraduate new freshmen enrollment by 18 percent and the academic quality of the freshman class has increased significantly. He is a recipient of the Noel-Levitz Marketing-Recruitment Excellence Award.
As dean of enrollment management, Crowder serves as a member of the president’s executive cabinet. His areas of responsibility include undergraduate and graduate admissions for all SBU campuses, student retention, financial aid, and marketing and communications.
“I am honored to serve SBU as dean of enrollment management,” Crowder said. “This is an incredible opportunity to work collaboratively with our talented faculty and staff to attract, retain and graduate exceptional students.”
Darren and his wife, Lisa, live in Bolivar and have two children, Lily and Lauren.