Julie Behn, M.B.A., director of enrollment at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus in San Jose for the past six years, has been promoted to Senior Director of Admissions Recruitment for the three-campus Palmer system.
Working in collaboration with Michael Novak, M.B.A., Palmer’s Vice Chancellor for Enrollment, and the Assistant Director of Enrollment Operations (position to be filled), Ms. Behn’s primary responsibilities in her new role will involve the development, implementation and management of Palmer College’s Strategic Enrollment Plan (SEP); focusing on the area of admissions recruitment; and providing leadership to ensure that SEP enrollment goals are achieved.
Concurrent with Ms. Behn’s promotion to the position of Senior Director of Admissions Recruitment is her appointment to the College Management Team, whose membership includes the senior directors for every department throughout the Palmer College system.
“I have dedicated much of my professional career to higher education and admissions, so I am extremely excited and grateful to have the opportunity to work with inspiring, dedicated individuals at all three campuses,” said Ms. Behn, whose career in higher education spans more than 10 years, including her most-recent position as Director of Enrollment Management at the San Francisco Art Institute.
“I look forward to working with Julie in her new role,” said Mr. Novak. “She will work with the campus enrollment directors to meet College enrollment objectives and serve as a key participant in my Enrollment Management Team. Julie has a proven record of success, and is very committed to the success of Palmer.”
Highlights of Ms. Behn’s tenure as director of enrollment at Palmer’s West Campus include: increasing the FTE (full time enrollment) by nearly 30-percent since 2007; increasing the number of entering students with undergraduate degrees by nearly 20-percent; and organizing some of the most well-attended prospective student events in the 20 years that the West Campus has been based in San Jose.
“I credit much of our enrollment success during the past six years to the West Campus Admissions team,” said Ms. Behn, whose recruitment strategies not only increased the percentage of applicants-to-matriculants, but also saw an increase in the overall GPA of entering students. “Thanks to the efforts of our admissions team – which also includes our Financial Aid and Student Services staff – and with the support of administration, faculty and students, we’ve been able to achieve our optimal goal: increasing our campus enrollment while also increasing academic quality!”
Ms. Behn will continue to maintain her primary office on the West Campus. However, she’s committed to going “the extra mile” to help Palmer College maintain its status as “the trusted leader in chiropractic education,” and will be venturing to the Davenport and Florida campuses on a regular basis.
“I am dedicated to the continued growth and development of Palmer College as the premier educational program among all chiropractic colleges,” said Ms. Behn, who earned her M.B.A. from Notre Dame De Namur in her hometown town of Belmont, Calif. “I’m prepared to venture wherever I’m called upon to help the College accomplish our institutional goals of enrolling and graduating the best-skilled doctors in the chiropractic profession.”