A member of the Coalition's board of directors since 2017, Stacey Kostell joins its leadership team as chief executive officer, effective March 2, 2020. In this role, she will oversee the continued growth of our dynamic, transformative organization that is committed to increasing students' access to higher education through the collaborative efforts of its board, member schools, and college access partners.
A nationally recognized higher education leader, Kostell previously worked in admissions and enrollment management at major universities in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, and Vermont for over 20 years, holding positions as associate vice provost for enrollment management and director of admissions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and, most recently, as vice president for enrollment management at the University of Vermont (UVM).
While serving as chief enrollment officer at UVM, Kostell identified and implemented innovative and coordinated enrollment strategies related to undergraduate admissions, financial aid, registration, retention, international education, and communications. Her success, which included increasing the quality and selectivity of the university's first-year class and increasing transfer and international student enrollment, was built upon engaging the entire university and enhancing collaboration with campus partners across colleges, academic departments, and student support offices.
A first-generation college student, Kostell is passionate about expanding access to higher education for all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, and has a track record for delivering on that goal. During her tenure at Illinois, enrollment of students of color increased significantly. At UVM, Kostell started the Catamount Commitment Program, which provides low-income Vermont residents with free tuition and fees, a faculty mentor, and monthly gatherings designed to help students succeed in college and beyond.
Kostell is a frequent national speaker on admissions and recruitment, enrollment management, and student success. She has served the higher education community in various professional association leadership roles, including the College Board's Enrollment Leaders Group and EAB's Student Success Collaborative Innovation Council. Kostell holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana State University and a graduate degree from Ball State University.