Olivet College names Vallar vice president for enrollment management
May 30, 2006
OLIVET, Mich. – Larry Vallar has been named vice president for enrollment management at Olivet College, according to President Don Tuski, Ph.D. He begins his new position June 1. Vallar replaces Tom Shaw, who was recently named the colleges director of athletics.
In recent years, enrollment at Olivet has experienced unprecedented growth. In 2002, enrollment stood at 847. For the 2005-06 academic year, total enrollment at the private, liberal arts college was at an all-time high with 1,116 students. This marked the third consecutive year Olivets enrollment surpassed the 1,000-student plateau.
Vallar, who resides in Marshall, brings more than 15 years of retail sales and management experience to Olivet. Since 2002, he had been employed with Dollar General Corp., serving most recently as regional operations manager. He has also held management positions with several national retail organizations, including Family Dollar Stores, Toys R Us and Blockbuster Entertainment. Vallars background includes serving nine years as an independent agent with State Farm Insurance.
Larrys outstanding sales and management experience will complement our enrollment management program very well, said Tuski. He has a great understanding of the college and the type of students who will prosper here. Olivets student body will continue to grow stronger under Larrys leadership.
In his new role, Vallar will formulate all enrollment and retention objectives for the college. His responsibilities include directing the application review process and managing regional, national, international and minority student recruitment.
As it is with many small colleges, enrollment is the lifeblood of Olivet College, said Vallar, who earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Olivet in 1984. Olivet is about creating opportunities for a wide range of students and helping them grow and develop into responsible young adults. I plan on continuing those outstanding efforts. As a graduate of the college, I look forward to visiting with superintendents, principals and guidance counselors throughout the state to share my personal knowledge of the Olivet College experience.
A native of Kalamazoo, Vallars family includes wife, Lori Coles-Vallar, D.V.M., and two children, Marcus, 18, and Kayla, 17.