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Correa named VP

Barry McNamara
Omar Correa, vice president for enrollment at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., has been appointed vice president for enrollment management at Monmouth College. He will assume his duties on Oct. 11.

Correa will oversee all aspects of enrollment at Monmouth, including admission, financial aid and retention. President Mauri Ditzler addressed Correa’s role when he spoke about the appointment.

“We conducted a national search for this position, and we were thrilled with the high level of achievement of the applicants and, particularly, our finalists,” he said. “Omar certainly brings a wealth of experience in the recruitment of prospective students, which is a major part of this position. What helped set him apart was that he also has a strong background working on the financial aid side of things and with retention initiatives.”

Since 2005, Correa has been at Concordia where, under his watch, the college achieved record enrollments. Part of that can be attributed to a 5 percent increase in retention after Correa established Concordia’s office of student success and retention.

From 1999 to 2005, Correa worked at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, including five years as its executive director and vice president for enrollment management. His admission efforts led to a 40 percent increase in the size of Clarke’s freshmen class.

“I am excited to join the Monmouth College family,” said Correa, who also has seven years of experience at his alma mater, Iowa State University, serving the last two years as the senior admission counselor for international admissions. “I look forward to reaching new heights, working with such a dedicated staff in enrollment and across campus.”

At Iowa State, Correa studied chemistry, completing his degree in 1994. Two years ago, he completed his master’s degree in higher education administration at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn.