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Providing Experience, Continuity, Goos Assumes Interim Enrollment Management Role

By Jeff Murphy, December 8, 2017

WARRENSBURG, MO – While Mike Godard prepares to assume his interim assignment as provost – chief learning officer at the University of Central Missouri, his position as vice provost for enrollment management also is being filled on an interim basis to provide experience, continuity in this important university area.

Godard today announced that Karen Goos will serve as interim vice provost for enrollment management for an 18-month period beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Goos has served as assistant vice provost for enrollment management since April 1, 2016, and has benefitted from more than 16 years of professional experience in higher education.

Godard has led enrollment management since 2015. He was appointed to his interim position following an announcement that Deborah Curtis, provost-chief learning officer, is leaving UCM to become president of her alma mater, Indiana State University.

"I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Goos to serve as interim vice provost for enrollment management,” Godard said. “Her prior experiences and the leadership roles that she has served both at UCM and prior to coming to UCM have positioned her well to take on the responsibilities of this position."

A long-time resident of Blue Springs, Goos joined UCM in April 2016, having previously served as dean of student development and enrollment at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) – Longview since 2012. In this capacity, she provided leadership and management in areas such as financial aid, academic advising, records, business, testing, admissions, counseling, athletics, campus life, career services, disability support services, as well as the Student Success Center, which she created.

Her work at MCC also has included a special assignment July 2014-August 2015 as associate vice chancellor of student development and enrollment management, where her duties included improving key performance indicators in recruitment and retention to include completion of a robust communication plan, creation of caseload advising and early alert systems.

She served in many other capacities at MCC campuses, including service at MCC-Blue River as associate dean of student development and enrollment management, August 2010-October 2012; registrar, May 2009-August 2010; enrollment services manager at MCC-Kansas City, April 2008-May 2009; and college relations coordinator at MCC-Maple Woods, Feb. 2005-April 2008.

Before working in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Goos served as a track and field/cross country coach at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma from August 2002-August 2004, and worked at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, as an assistant track and field coach, July 2001-August 2002, and as an adjunct instructor in that university’s Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies Department, August 2001-August 2002.

In addition to her UCM master’s degree in exercise science, Goos earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Middle School Education degree at Doane College, Crete, Neb., and a Doctorate in Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


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