SEM-EP National Registry


The professionals listed in this registry have earned AACRAO's endorsement as Registered Enrollment Professionals through satisfactory completion of the Strategic Enrollment Management Endorsement Program.

The registry is sorted by last name in alphabetical order; alternatively, you may use the search bar to find a specific enrollment professional. For each registered professional listed, you will find the candidate's area of expertise, samples of their significant coursework, and their LinkedIn profiles, if they have opted to share them.


Sarah McAbee

VP for Enrollment Management and Student Support Services at Athens State University


2015 SEM-EP Inaugural Graduate

Past Higher Education experience as State Auditor of Higher Ed Institutions and Financial Aid Director.

Currently serving as Vice President for Enrollment and Student Support Services, leading a team responsible for recruiting, enrolling advising, retaining and providing funding for new and continuing students. In addition, her team provides student services at off campus centers and student activities and career development opportunities at the main campus.

Capstone Project -"Athens State University Communication Study of Retention Outreach Methods​" piloted a study of email messaging strategies for stop out students at Athens State University. Study achieved an 11% return to degree work.

Jennifer McClure

Managing Director of Enrollment Services at Elgin Community College


2016 SEM-EP Graduate

Over 20 years of higher education experience in public two-year and four-year private for-profit and non-profit institutions. Leadership experience in admissions, registration and records, government relations, expansion, accreditation, interest-based bargaining, and developing high functioning teams. Varied experience in leading college efforts related to branding, administrative policy, and student success initiatives.

Expertise in Admissions, Registrar, Enrollment Management functions, Leadership, Organizational Development, Team Building, Process Improvement, Project Implementation, Cross-functional team building, and Facilitation

Capstone Project - "Impact of Advisor Outreach on Priority Registration" was a pilot to determine if academic advisor outreach positively impacted students registering during the priority registration time period. The focus of the project also looked at students who historically have had the lowest likelihood of enrolling during the priority registration period. This project, built off of regression analysis, identified key behaviors and characteristics that impact student retention. 

Results confirmed that students who were contacted by an advisor enrolled at a higher rate than those who were not contacted and those students who received multiple contacts registered at a higher rate than those receiving one contact. Additionally, results showed that the impact from advisor contact extended two months after the priority registration week.

"The Impact of Advisor Outreach on Priority Registration" - College & University Vol. 92, No. 3, Fall 2017


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Steven J McDowell

Associate VP Financial Aid Services & Title IV Compliance-Connecticut State Comm College


2017 SEM-EP Graduate

Eleven-plus years of higher education financial aid experience across varying levels, which has included system policy development, legislative and regulatory analysis, system and campus financial aid administration, strategic planning, budgeting, enrollment management, institutional research, and state government relations

Capstone Project - “Connecticut Community College Strategic Enrollment Management Master Plan” was written as a pilot plan to bring strategic enrollment management to the twelve community colleges that reside within the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system. The contents of the plan seek to develop a new culture based around SEM, with leadership provided at the system level, which is designed to work with system colleges in advancing enrollment, retention, persistence, and progress goals.

SEM-EP Poster Session


Michael McManus

Former Director of Advising & Retention at Arapahoe Community College

2017 SEM-EP Graduate

Michael McManus has 10 years of higher education experience, including academic advising, instruction, new student orientation, and enrollment management experiences. Michael graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. – Political Science and minor in Psychology, and earned his Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education Social Studies from Rhode Island College. 

Capstone Project - “Evaluating the Impact Proactive Full-time Registration has on Student Retention.” This research project sought to determine if proactively enrolling a specific population of students full-time in their first semester of courses would result in student success when compared to prior year data. Student success is defined as an increase in enrollment, persistence, and retention. Research done in collaboration with fellow Registered Enrollment Professional Darcy Briggs.

Kimberly McNair, EdD

Director of College Access and Enrollment at Montgomery College

Dr. Kimberly McNair has over 20 years of experience in community college and four-year settings in admissions, recruitment, marketing, enrollment management, and community engagement. She serves as Director of College Access and Enrollment at Montgomery College in Maryland. She oversees admissions, recruitment and related enrollment functions and co-facilitates the college’s Achieving the Dream (ATD) student success efforts. During her tenure she also helped lead the realignment of enrollment management units to help streamline access and enrollment support for students. Dr. McNair is an inaugural member of  AACRAO’s ASCEND enrollment management leadership development program and certified MBTI practitioner, Balanced Scorecard Professional, and peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. McNair earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Towson University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education – Community College Leadership from Morgan State University.

Capstone Abstract: This capstone project explored concepts of SEM research and data-informed decision making, particularly at institutions new to enrollment management or just starting their SEM journey.