In September of 2016, NRCCUA acquired Eduventures, a leading research and advisory firm servicing colleges and universities. This combination is bolstering NRCCUA's offerings in the areas of research, data and analytics so that post-secondary institutions can identify, recruit, admit and serve students across the education industry and throughout the student life cycle.
The National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®) is an educational data platform and research organization based in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Austin, Texas. For 44 years, NRCCUA has been a leading provider of data, technology and programs servicing public and private colleges and universities to enhance their marketing and recruiting efforts. These solutions represent the link between students making important life decisions and providing the resources and information they need to succeed in their post-secondary educations and careers. NRCCUA is part of Sterling Partners’ Education Opportunity Fund.
Eduventures is the leading research and advisory firm that is focused exclusively on analyzing the forces that are transforming higher education. Building on 20 years of success in working with education leaders, Eduventures provides forward-looking and actionable research based on proprietary market data and advisory services that support both strategic and operational decision-making. Our recommendations and personalized support enable clients to understand the top traits of leaders in critical disciplines and evaluate the opportunities presented by new technologies. For more information about Eduventures’ research, practice areas and team, visit us at www.eduventures.com.
About the Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO of NRCCUA, Patrick Vogt is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for the company. He leads the effort to integrate new design, product and technology platforms to better support students and universities to make more intelligent decisions that will improve overall graduation success rates.
Prior to NRCCUA, Patrick served as chief executive officer for both public and private digital media technology companies, and has held senior executive positions at some of the most prestigious brands in the world, including The Weather Channel, Sony, HP and Dell. Patrick was most recently CEO of HealthiNation, an Emmy Award winning health and wellness digital video company. Prior to HealthiNation, he was President of The Weather Channel’s (TWC) International Division where he led all business outside of the U.S. and across all product categories including digital, professional and TV.
Patrick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the State University of New York, and holds an MBA from the Hagen School of Business, Iona College.
About the Chairman of the Board
Don Munce, Chairman of the Board of the National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®), is one of the visionaries in higher education enrollment management. During his 28 year tenure as president, NRCCUA grew rapidly to become a significant force in the student recruitment and admissions research arena. Membership among colleges and universities grew from 200 to nearly 1,500 members under his leadership. His passion for the post-secondary aspirations of young people has affected students and universities across America. NRCCUA's free college planning program, My College Options®, is one of the country's most successful tools providing access to higher education for students of all social and economic backgrounds. Don earned a Master of Science degree in adolescent development while attending Kansas State University.
About the President
Brent Ramdin brings over 12 years of higher education industry experience, and was most recently the President of dialogEDU, an eLearning company focused on healthcare education. Brent’s passion for NRCCUA and its mission comes from his first tenure with the organization as its Chief Product and Strategy Officer from 2012 to 2013. During his nine years at Campus Management Corporation, as the Vice President of Product Management, Brent was instrumental in the evolution of industry leading student information systems, customer relationship management solutions, portals and other technologies. He continues to be an advisor to education companies focused on emerging technologies. Brent’s passion for finding efficiencies and improving student and staff experiences will be key to the continued evolution of NRCCUA. He earned his MBA and BS in Information Systems from Florida Atlantic University.
About the Chief Research Officer
Richard Garrett is Chief Research Officer at Eduventures, spearheading the company’s new research direction. Richard has 20 years of experience in higher education research, consulting and policy. He combines his work at Eduventures with leading the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a think tank focused on global developments in online learning, internationalization and commercial activity and partnerships. The Observatory is part of i-graduate, a UK higher education research and consulting firm. Prior to Eduventures, Richard was North America Director for i-graduate, working with clients of the International Student Barometer, the world’s largest survey of the international student experience. From 2005-2013, Richard led Eduventures' online higher education practice. Richard has also worked as a researcher in the School of Education at the University of Surrey in the UK and as a policy analyst at the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from King’s College London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge.
About the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance
Tom Holcomb, the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance, joined NRCCUA in 1999 after 12 years in public accounting. He earned his BA and MBA from Drury University. Tom is responsible for all areas of finance and most HR functions.
About the Chief Technology Officer
Earl Yoder joined NRCCUA in 1994 and currently serves on the Executive Team as the Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for the technology that delivers our programs and services to our members. He completed his BSBA in Computer Science from Indiana University in 1992.
About the Vice President, Enrollment Services
Clint Chapman joined NRCCUA in 2014 and brought with him more than 14 years of higher education enrollment management experience. Clint served at William Jewell College as Dean of Admission before joining NRCCUA. Prior to that, he held multiple positions in the University of Missouri’s Division of Enrollment Management, ranging from Admission Representative to Associate Director. Additionally, he has worked with many campuses in the United States and Canada as an enrollment management technology consultant specializing in communication management. Clint has spent his career helping students connect with their best fit colleges by integrating proven enrollment strategies with new technologies and communication channels. He earned his BA in Psychology and his MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in Higher Education from the University of Missouri.
About the Vice President, Sales
Debbie Thompson-Widmer brings a unique combination of skills and experiences to NRCCUA. Currently serving as the Vice President, Sales, she provides our leadership team and members with a wealth of knowledge from over seven years as an Associate Dean of Admissions. She also has nearly 20 years of experience working in marketing and communications where she was an outstanding achiever. Most currently, Debbie was a Principal of an engineering company where she led sales, marketing, research and project management. Debbie has maintained a passion for education and has served as a part-time substitute teacher for the Bartlett Schools for over five years. This passion can be seen in her efforts within NRCCUA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics with a minor in Psychology from Ripon College.
About the Vice President, Research
Cara A. Quackenbush is the Vice President of Research for Eduventures. Cara is responsible for guiding the depth and breadth of the company’s research coverage and rigorous research methodologies and standards. Prior to joining Eduventures, Cara was an advancement professional with more than a decade of fundraising, management, marketing, and accounting experience at institutions of higher education. Cara’s experience spans annual giving, major giving, volunteer management, alumni engagement, parent fundraising, and planned giving. She has also conducted research on management practices and strategies in higher education, including higher education accounting practices, presidential leadership techniques, and legal policies affecting planned giving. Cara is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and events, including CASE, and her work has been published in CASE Currents. Cara was the Associate Director of Gift Planning at Boston College where she helped launch the university’s $1.5 billion capital campaign as well as its first-ever legacy gift campaign. Cara also worked in both the annual fund and the office of planned giving at her alma mater, Santa Clara University, where she earned her B.A. in journalism. Cara holds an MBA and an MS in accounting from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
About the Vice President, Marketing
Jefferey Fix joined NRCCUA in 2007, with over 20 years of experience in direct marketing and educational programs. Mr. Fix has held various senior marketing and management positions at Educational Communications Inc., USAA and The Reader's Digest Association. Jefferey currently holds the title of Vice President, Marketing where he is responsible for the strategy and general management of in-school and direct to student marketing programs. He received his BS in Business Administration from the State University College at Fredonia, NY.
About the Vice President, Operations
Sarah Salyer currently serves on the Executive Team as the Vice President of Operations after joining NRCCUA in 2004 as a project manager. Sarah is responsible for managing the operational execution of company initiatives and enhancing efficiencies of cross-functional teams. Prior to joining NRCCUA, Sarah worked for 6 years in production and account management in the advertising and marketing industry. Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing/Advertising from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
About the Vice President, Content & Strategy
Ryan Munce joined the Executive Team in 2006 as Assistant Vice President, Educational Research. He is responsible for managing external research partnerships with educational, professional, governmental and community organizations. Prior to joining NRCCUA, Ryan was an Enrollment Services Coordinator at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Ryan received his Bachelor's Degree in Corporate Communications from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and is earning his Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
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