Tusculum University names 21-year admissions veteran as vice president of enrollment management and financial aid

GREENEVILLE – Paul Carney, a 21-year veteran of collegiate admissions, has been promoted to vice president of enrollment management and financial aid at Tusculum University.

Paul Carney

Paul Carney

Carney most recently served as assistant vice president of admission, helping drive student recruitment initiatives for Tusculum, Tennessee’s first higher education institution. Now, he will have oversight of the entire enrollment process as well as the Offices of Communications, Financial Aid and Marketing. He will also serve as a member of Tusculum’s Executive Cabinet.

“During Paul’s time with us, he has demonstrated tremendous knowledge of the admission process and excellent abilities to lead a team and partner with stakeholders across the university,” said Dr. Scott Hummel, Tusculum’s president. “His insights will be valuable as we build on our recruitment efforts, continue to make college affordable and share the value of a Tusculum education with prospective students and their families. We are thrilled to have him in this important role.”

The fall 2023 semester was strong for Tusculum as the university enrolled 509 new students, an increase of 53% from the year before. Early indicators show Tusculum is on track for another excellent class of students to enroll in August.

Tusculum offers more than 60 majors, minors and pre-professional programs. It awards associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The university serves traditional undergraduate residential and commuter students as well as online courses for graduate and working adult undergraduate students. Tusculum also offers dual enrollment courses for high school students.

Prior to joining the Tusculum family, Carney served as a territory admissions representative in the Southeast for Johnson & Wales University, a private university with the main campus in Providence, Rhode Island, for more than seven years. He recruited students in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee and participated in national, regional and local college fairs, high school visits and special programs.

Before holding those positions, he served as director of graduate recruitment for Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky, and as director of admissions for the Duncan School of Law and the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University. He also was the assistant director of the Office of Admissions at Virginia Tech University. Earlier in his career, he was an admissions counselor at Averett College in Danville, Virginia.

Outside of his admissions positions, Carney has served as a program coordinator in University Outreach and Continuing Education at the University of Tennessee and interim director of the Career Planning and Placement Services Office at Averett.

“This diversity of experience and his intimate knowledge of the collegiate recruitment industry and other higher education sectors will benefit Tusculum considerably,” Dr. Hummel said. “I anticipate Paul’s leadership and collaborative spirit will produce exceptional results for the university and position us to meet our strategic goals.”

Carney has held multiple association memberships during his career, including the Southern Association of College Admissions Counseling and the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

“I am grateful Dr. Hummel has placed his trust in me to oversee our recruitment activities and the other offices that support our efforts to bring more Pioneers to Tusculum,” Carney said. “Tusculum is an outstanding university that prepares students in a caring Christian environment to be career-ready, civically engaged professionals. With my extensive background serving in private universities, I have a clear understanding of the opportunities they present students. I am pleased and eager to share the many ways Tusculum can help students discover their calling and purpose.”

Carney earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee.

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