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Enrollment Management Leadership Update

Dear members of the Emerson community,

I am pleased to announce that Justin Sharifpour has accepted my invitation to serve in an interim role as Vice President of Enrollment Management, effective immediately.

He will succeed Ruthanne Madsen, who leaves Emerson this month to become Vice President of Enrollment Management at Babson College in Wellesley.

As interim vice president, Justin will lead a student-focused team that is collaborative, cohesive, and innovative in its work to recruit the very best students to Emerson College. The Enrollment Management team includes more than 50 dedicated and talented individuals who work in eight departments: Undergraduate Admission, Graduate Admission, Enrollment Data, Operations, and Technology, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Student Success.

Justin, who previously has served as Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admission, overseeing Undergraduate Admission and Enrollment Data, Operations, and Technology, will bring a wealth of experience at the intersection of student-centric counseling, technology, and data analytics. 

Since joining Enrollment Management as Director of Enrollment Systems and Data in 2013, Justin has been instrumental in helping the College achieve record undergraduate enrollment and increase the diversity of incoming undergraduate classes. He also led the launch of the Slate admissions customer relationship management software and the Student Financial Services portal to aid current students. 

Justin first arrived at Emerson in 2008 as an Information Analyst/Financial Reporting Analyst. He has also served as a business systems analyst for Staples and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

He holds an MBA in Operation and Technology Management from Questrom School of Business at Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, and lives in Central Massachusetts with his wife and three daughters.

Justin is well positioned to further the vital work of the Enrollment Management team. Please join me in wishing him well as he takes on this important role. 


William P. Gilligan,
Interim President

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