Drury appoints Kimbrea Browning as Executive Vice President of Enrollment and Operations for Adult and Online Education
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 26, 2019 — Drury University is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimbrea J. Browning as Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management and Operations for Adult and Online Education. Browning will report directly to President Tim Cloyd and will provide strategic leadership in recruitment, the student experience, and day-to-day operations for Drury’s evening and online programs in the College of Continuing Professional Studies. She begins her duties at Drury on March 18.
Browning brings 15 years of experience overseeing higher education enrollment services to the role, serving both traditional and non-traditional populations. She comes to Drury from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has served as vice president of enrollment management since 2015 and was responsible for providing leadership in all areas of admissions, retention, financial aid, and marketing. In her time at Union Institute, Browning engaged the entire campus community in discussions of enrollment management, vision, and strategy, and she made extensive use of analytics, market research, and student experience mapping to drive enrollment goals.
Prior to that, Browning spent four years as a senior director of admissions with the Art Institutes, where she implemented a successful new student recruitment and admissions operation as part of the institution’s executive committee. Before that, Browning spent six years at the University of Phoenix, where she started as an enrollment counselor and was promoted three times to eventually become director of enrollment for the schools’ Maryland campus. In that role, she oversaw a team of 35 and was a key member of the national implementation team for a new orientation program.
Beyond her expertise within the non-traditional education arena, Browning brings a passion for service and community connections. In 2016, she was the Cincinnati Community Action Agency/Head Start Conference Facilitator and was twice selected by Cincinnati BizWomen as a mentor for the annual “Mentoring Monday” event. She is a standing member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Sigma Omega Chapter and the Queen City (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She has presented on enrollment management topics at several national conferences and appeared on the Lifetime television series “The Balancing Act” focused on “Today’s Education for Today’s Working Adults.”
The Kentucky native received her bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.
“Kimbrea understands the needs of today’s non-traditional students, and she will be an entrepreneurial leader for Drury and for our region in evolving our evening and online programming,” says Drury president Dr. Tim Cloyd. “Her experience in all aspects of recruitment, retention, marketing, and financial aid will serve Drury well as we continue to innovate in the non-traditional space by providing an incredible experience for our students and seeking strategic partnerships with local and regional businesses to develop new programs.”
“Drury University’s commitment to innovation and breaking the mold of traditional higher education truly excites me,” Browning says. “The higher education landscape is changing so rapidly. The communities we serve need us to step up. We have to deliver on our promise—it’s our duty. There is no doubt that Drury’s administration and staff are extremely passionate and are 100 percent dedicated to the mission. I’m humbled and honored for this opportunity to serve the Drury University community.”