Lee Furbeck, Ph.D.


Executive Director, Admissions, Central Michigan University

2021 AACRAO Elections - Vice President of Finance Candidate

In late 2020, the AACRAO BOD adopted a vision and associated goals focused on "a community centered on learner success driven by professional excellence and leadership in enrollment and academic services."  Rooted in collaboration, innovation, inclusivity, inquiry, and integrity, the associated goals are to be realized by 2026.  Focused on these values before their current iteration, I have served as an AACRAO leader as chair and member of multiple committees, transfer conference director, ad hoc committee member, nominations and elections, author, and presenter at the annual meeting, webinars, tech/transfer, and SEM.  Having addressed topics ranging from social media, access, transfer, policy, and professional competencies to data-driven enrollment strategy, my skills and experiences align perfectly with an "at large" position.  I understand the organization and how we might address the challenges facing higher education today.  If elected, my goal will be to meet those challenges and achieve AACRAO’s goals to benefit the membership and the learners we serve.

Lee Furbeck, Ph.D., joined the Central Michigan University team in January 2019. As Executive Director, she is responsible for admission and recruitment of all student types including undergraduate, graduate, international, and online/global. Prior to Central Michigan University, she served as director of undergraduate admission and student transition at Cleveland State University. She has also worked in admissions at the University of Kansas and Iowa State University. Furbeck earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Kentucky. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Dr. Furbeck is a regular contributor to AACRAO publications and at AACRAO meetings on admissions-related topics such as recruitment, access, transfer credit, communications, admissions policy and processes, and transfer students.

Partnering with Faculty to Recruit Undergraduate Students: Successful Tactics for Collaboration