Jenkins To Lead CMU Admissions

Recruiter brings experience, expertise


Adam Jenkins has challenges ahead. But the new Director of Admissions at Central Methodist University knows they are the type of challenges most would envy.

Jenkins, currently the head of the admissions department at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., will begin his tenure at CMU on Aug. 1, according to CMU President Roger Drake.

“Adam Jenkins quickly rose to the top of a very challenging search process,” Drake said. “Filling Larry Anderson’s shoes is no easy task and it took us quite a while to find a candidate of Adam’s caliber. 

“Adam brings energy, enthusiasm, and a great deal of experience to our campus,” Drake noted. “I am confident that Adam will work tirelessly to ensure that greater numbers of students have the opportunity to benefit from the mission of Central Methodist University.”

Perhaps the biggest challenge for Jenkins will be to build upon recent CMU successes and to keep the momentum going. The past four years have seen the highest on-campus enrollments ever at CMU, and officials are optimistic the student population this fall will rank among the best in CMU’s 160-year history.

Jenkins will inherit and lead a veteran student recruitment department of 11, most of whom have been with CMU for years. He replaces long-time Central employee Larry Anderson, who is returning to the classroom this fall.

“I was impressed with the people I met at CMU right away,” Jenkins said. “The quality and passion for the university was evident campus-wide. 

“I consider it an honor to follow after Larry Anderson and plan to continue the tradition of increasing enrollment,” he said. “I feel fortunate to inherit an excellent Admissions team and am excited to get started.”

A native of Rugby, N.D., Jenkins has been in the higher education admission business for seven years. His student recruitment career began at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. where he rose to the rank of lead travel admission representative.

Jenkins served as interim director of admissions at Minnesota State University-Moorhead before accepting the admission director position at Presentation College. He’s also been an adjunct faculty teaching art at the University of Mary, and was a grant writer and a customer service coordinator for a health care service provider, both in Bismarck.

Jenkins’ bachelor’s (English) and master’s (business administration) degrees are from the University of Mary.

In Jenkins, CMU officials believe they have found the person with the right experiences, skill and demeanor to keep the university on an upward path, according to Ken Oliver, vice president for institutional growth and student engagement and the supervisor of the admission department.

Whether it is first-time freshmen, transfers, international students or adult students, Jenkins has recruited and worked with them all, Oliver noted. His background in the arts is another asset at an institution known for its fine arts programs.

Jenkins also worked to enhance relationships between his department and athletics at Presentation College. Though that connection at Central Methodist is strong already, the fact that CMU recently hired Presentation’s Brian Speilbauer as its new athletics director should only work to CMU’s advantage.

Yet another asset Jenkins brings to the table is his work at Presentation developing, proposing and initiating a new scholarship program, which can be a tricky transition. CMU is revising its scholarship procedures starting this fall, and Jenkins’ experience should ease that transition.

“We were impressed with Adam’s resume’, and even more impressed when he visited campus for an interview,” Oliver said. “He is an excellent choice to build upon the many strengths of our university and its admission team.”

Jenkins will have the month of August to immerse himself in all things Central Methodist, because the student recruitment season kicks into high gear in September.


Posted July 7, 2014