Dr. Rick BarthAfter an extensive, nationwide search that produced a number of highly-qualified candidates, Athens State University has appointed Dr. Richard Barth as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Barth, who currently serves as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management at the University of Wisconsin Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has an extensive background in enrollment management and student support services spanning over 25 years. His previous roles include serving as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Alabama, the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Montevallo, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Plymouth State University.

Dr. Barth was selected through nationwide recruitment led by Williams & Company, an executive search and consulting firm specializing in higher education and enrollment management. Barth brings to the role a deep understanding of enrollment management, trends in higher education, and change management, including a focus on incorporating technology and data into the enrollment process.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Barth in this critical role for Athens State,” stated Sarah McAbee, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Support Services. “As the University introduces new programs and focuses on meeting the needs of both students and employers, Rick’s extensive knowledge will greatly benefit our overall efforts in recruiting and retaining students, who are the next wave of this area’s workforce.”

Barth holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Florida with a specialization in Educational Leadership and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Student Personnel Work and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, both from the University of Alabama. Dr. Barth has earned many honors through his various philanthropic works and volunteer activities, including the Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) Great American Hero Award in 2019 and his being named the YLDP’s Educator of the Year in 2018.

“I am excited to join the Athens State University team and serve students through the University’s mission as an upper-division and graduate institution,” stated Dr. Barth. “This mission is more critical than ever as it provides residents of the state, the region, and the nation an affordable and flexible avenue for degree completion.”