Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions
Associate Professor of Higher Education
(EMSP)-Vice Provost-Enrollment & Dean-Admission
(EMSP)-Enrollment Management Support
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An associate professor in the Higher Education program, Suzanne McCray also serves as the Vice Provost for Enrollment Services (which includes Admissions, Financial Aid and Academic Scholarships, Nationally Competitive Awards, Registrar) and the Dean of Admissions. She directs the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards as well.
She is immediate past chair of the Southwestern Regional Council (College Board) and is also a member of College Board’s Academic Assembly Council and the Capstone Champions Task Force. For three years, she served on the national program review committee for the Coca-Cola Scholarship, and she is in her thirteenth year on the national selection committee for the Stewart L. and Morris K. Udall Scholarship review and her fifth on the Critical Language Scholarship review. McCray is an active member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, serving as its president from 2003-2005. She has edited seven volumes of essays on the topic of nationally competitive scholarships. The most recent is Bridgin the Gap: Perspectives on Nationally Competitive Awards (201p) co-edited with Dana Kuchem and published by the University of Arkansas Press. She received the 2012 Associated Student Government Faculty of the Year Award and the 2017 Honors College Distinguished Leadership Award. The National Association of Fellowships Advisors awarded her the Suzanne McCray Exemplary Service Awards in 2019. The inagural award was named for and awarded to her and will be awarded inperpetuity.
She earned a B.A. (high honors) and an M.A. in English from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee.
- the student experience and nationally competitive awards
- advising ethics
- enrollment management issues
- strategic enrollment management
- trends in higher education
- HIED 5643 Internship Seminar in Students Affair
- HIED 6243 Trends, Issues, and Problems in Higher Education
- HIED 6483 Strategic Enrollment Management
PhD in English, University of Tennessee, December 1990
MA in French, University of Arkansas, May 1990
MA in English, University of Arkansas, May 1980
BA in English, University of Arkansas, May 1978
McCray, S. & Kuchem, D. (Eds.) (2019). Bridging the Gap and Other Perspectives on Nationally Competitive Scholarships. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S. & Brzinski, J. (Eds.) (2017). Roads Less Traveled and Other Perspectives on Nationally Competitive Scholarships. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
Cochran, R. & McCray, S. (2015). Lights! Camera! Arkansas!: From Broncho Billy to Billy Bob Thornton. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S. & Cutchins, D. (Eds.) (2015). All Before Them: Student Opportunities and Nationally Competitive Fellowships. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S. (Ed.) (2013). All In: Expanding Access through Nationally Competitive Scholarships, Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S. (Ed.) (2009). Leading the Way: Student Engagement and Nationally Competitive Awards, Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S. (Ed.) (2007). National Scholarship Competitions: Serving Students and the Public Good, edited with introduction, Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S. (Ed.) (2005). Beyond Winning: National Scholarship Applications and the Student Experience. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S., & Morris, J. (2019). Leading by Consensus with Civility and Integrity: The Udall Factor. Bridging the gap and other perspectives on Nationally Competitive Awards, Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S. (2015). Advanced Placement as a tool for scholarship and fellowship advisors. In All before them: Student opportunities and nationally competitive fellowships. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S. (2013). Honoring the code: The ethics of scholarship advising. In All in: Expanding access through nationally competitive scholarships, Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S. (2007). The loudest voice: Seeking help from those who will be heard. Journal of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, 16-17.
McCray, S. (2005). Elocution lessons? An Ethical Approach to Advising. In Beyond winning: National scholarship applications and the student experience. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.
McCray, S. (2003). Denver and beyond: The president’s column. National Association of the Fellowships Advisors Newsletter.
McCray, S. (1984). The unrelenting pessimism of Joe Orton. Publications of the Arkansas Philological Association, vol. 10, no. 2, 37-47.
McCray, S. (2016). The heart of the matter. Arkansas Magazine. University of Arkansas Alumni Magazine.
McCray, S. (2009). Growing strong. Arkansas Magazine. University of Arkansas Alumni Magazine.
Vice Provost, Division of Enrollment Services, 2009-present
With the support from upper and central administration, created an enrollment services division which now includes Admissions, Office of Financial Aid and Academic Scholarships, Student Information System (PeopleSoft), Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, and the Registrar’s Office. Wrote an internal proposal for and was given funding to create an Office of Graduation and Retention. Manage a division of 120 full-time and 400 part-time staff members with an overall budget of $19M and a scholarship budget of $37M. Hired key positions including a Registrar and Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment, an Executive Director for Financial Aid and Scholarship (combining two disparate offices into one), and an Associate Vice Provost for Graduation and Retention. Proposed and implemented a pre-enrollment initiative that allowed the University to enroll incoming students in 6-10 hours prior to orientation, improving the experience for freshmen and assisting colleges in predicting course needs.
Dean of Admissions, 2009-present
Embraced the charge to increase the first-time, full-time freshman cohort and undergraduate enrollment. Developed a strategic marketing plan, doubling the number of recruiters; created and then expanded a regional recruiter program; revamped and expanded entire communication plan, involving colleges and other units. Supervised the implementation of ImageNow and Slate; streamlined the credential evaluation process, reducing review time per application from two months to less than two weeks. And successfully increased enrollment with 68.8% growth in the first-time full-time cohort since beginning the effort in 2009, a 52.7% grow in freshmen with a 30 ACT or higher, a 73.5% increase in number of students eligible for the Honors College, a 106% increase in the number of students receiving AP or IB credit. Undergraduate enrollment increased 50.1% (15,347 in 2009 to 23,044 in 2017); and overall enrollment increased 43.7% (19,194 to 27,588), which lead to the University of Arkansas being named the 10th fastest growing institution in the country. Working now to slow growth, hitting a specific target number, maximizing revenue and the student experience.
Director, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, 1998-present
Successfully proposed the office in 1998 as part of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, receiving a small maintenance budget and one full-time assistant director’s position. In 2009 moved the office from the Honors College to Enrollment Services. Increased the maintenance budget and added a second full-time staff person in 2014 as well as a graduate student. Advised all 53 of the University’s Goldwater Scholars; all nine Udall Scholars; all four Gates Cambridge Scholars; 17 of 23 Truman Scholars; 5 of 8 Marshall Scholars; and 1 of 10 Rhodes Scholar as well as many NSF Graduate Research Fellows and Fulbright Scholars.
Previous Administrative Positions
Interim Dean, University of Arkansas Honors College, 2008-2009
Inaugural Associate Dean, University of Arkansas Honors College, 2002-2008
- A $200M gift from the Walton Family Trust created the University of Arkansas Honors College in 2002. Provost Bob Smith served as the interim dean for three years. The inaugural Honor College Dean Bob McMath was hired in 2005.
Established a central honors administration, uniting honors programs in each of the colleges. Created Honors College Fellowship (100 full-ride fellowships each year, also providing funds for study abroad and undergraduate research) selection protocol as well as a process for awarding undergraduate research and study abroad grants. Worked with the colleges to support honors course work. Increased honors enrollment by 58%. Also created and became the first director of The University of Arkansas Advanced Placement Summer Institute (sponsored by the College Board). The institute provides a week of training each July for high school Advanced Placement teachers across a variety of disciplines.
Associate Director, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Honors Studies, UA, 1997-2002
Assistant Director, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Honors Studies, UA, 1995-1997
Program Coordinator, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Honors Studies, UA 1990-1995
Co-Director, Anglo-American Library, University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania, 1985-1986
Phi Beta Kappa
2012 Associated Student Government Faculty of the Year Award, University of Arkansas
2017 Honors College Distinguished Leadership Award, University of Arkansas
2019 National Association of Fellowships Advisors Exemplary Service Awards (inagural award was named for and awarded to her and will be awarded inperpetuity)