Wilkes University welcomes newest colonel

Brian Dalton named vice president for enrollment services

On Oct. 10, Dr. Brian Dalton joined the Wilkes University staff as vice president of enrollment services. Dalton will use his 25 years of experience in higher education and recruitment to oversee recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students as well as supervising the admissions staff.

“Identifying and attracting good matches to Wilkes University is a complex undertaking.” Dalton said, “In admissions, our goal is to communicate and consistently reinforce the Wilkes University value proposition. If we are effective in doing so, we will be increasingly successful in achieving momentum for the university.”

Dalton is notably excited to be joining the Wilkes University community and is eager to cultivate relationships with students, he said.

“I find inspiration in interacting with students.” Dalton said, “Wilkes’ commitment to a broadly educated student is reassuring to me because, if anything, the world needs more Wilkes graduates.“

Regarding the faculty he would be joining, Dalton said, “I’m so impressed with the commitment of the academic leadership here, from the provost on down. Faculty that I’ve met love it here not because what they do with students, seems to impact them greatly.”

“I’m proud to become a member of such a committed community of students, faculty and administrators.” Dalton said, “I love the uniqueness of (Wilkes University), its challenges and its potential for the future.”

Dalton formerly served as vice president for enrollment and college relations at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., where he was instrumental in producing strong enrollments, particularly in the areas of domestic and international diversity and out-of-state students.

Prior to his tenure at Allegheny, Dalton served as senior vice president for enrollment management at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., during which time Mercer enrolled the university’s largest freshman classes in a decade and its largest-ever incoming class of international students.

Dalton also served for 10 years as vice president for enrollment management and associate academic dean for program development at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. Prior to that, he worked at the University of the Incarnate Word/Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas, as dean of enrollment management. He began his career in admissions at his alma mater, Gannon University in Erie, Pa. In 2011, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers honored Dalton with its award for outstanding leadership in strategic enrollment management.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a master of public administration from Gannon University.