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Voinovich School welcomes new Manager of Enrollment and Student Success

Daniel Kington
September 16, 2016

The Voinovich School is pleased to welcome Joe Wakeman as the new Manager of Enrollment and Student Success.

Wakeman was born and raised in Cincinnati and earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the Ohio State University and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Ohio University.

Wakeman has more than 20 years of professional experience in higher education at Hocking College, where he served as a faculty member and in numerous administrative positions in academic and student services. Wakeman also has both public and private experience working as an archeologist, most recently with the National Park Service.

“I am proud and honored to be a part of the Voinovich School,” Wakeman said. “This is in part because I am graduate of the Environmental Studies program but also because of the respected reputation that the School has established in the last decade. I greatly look forward to help the School grow, expand our positive reputation and continue the School’s competitive edge of innovation.”

Wakeman holds a new position, reflecting an effort to develop and build the new Voinovich School Office of Student Success. The office oversees recruitment, admissions, financial aid, registration and student services and retention for all Voinovich School programs.

Wakeman will manage the Office of Student Success under the direction of Laura Alloway, in collaboration with program directors Jason Jolley and Geoff Dabelko. He will form a team with Cheryl Hanzel, who has transitioned to the position of student success advisor, and Loraine McCosker, student outreach coordinator. This brings the Voinovich School in line with best practices of academic units across campus and provides additional capacity for student recruitment and retention. The office will also provide critical support to faculty program leaders.

“The Office of Student Success will be a center point for student needs throughout the Voinovich School,” Wakeman said. “We help students with a myriad of academic and institutional processes. For example, we will support student groups and workers, coordinate school events and help streamline coordination for faculty. We hope that all Voinovich School students look to our office for assistance throughout their academic careers.”

Those interested in getting to know Wakeman are encouraged to attend his talk at the Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment's (CE3) 'brownbag lunch'  on Friday, October 21 from 12 to 1 p.m. in Building 22, Room 221. The lunches are open to the public.