Christopher Gage has been appointed vice president for strategy and enrollment at Hanover College.
Gage ascends to the position after working in a variety of roles at Hanover since joining the College’s admission staff in 2005. Since January 2016, he has served as special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives and external relationships. In that time, he has provided support and advice for various functional and departmental matters that drive the student experience and revenue, as well as alumni and community engagement.
“For more than 12 years, Chris has been a valued employee and leader at Hanover,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert. “I am pleased that he has accepted this new position.”
Gage, who also stepped in as Hanover’s interim vice president for enrollment management in November 2017, has also directed campus academic quality improvement projects, coordinated efforts for external community engagement and business relationships and facilitated new campus-wide strategic-planning efforts. In addition, he has monitored higher education trends and policies, worked to enhance institutional visibility, supported athletic department fundraising initiatives and provided communication strategy and support to Board of Trustee's executive committee.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as Hanover’s new chief enrollment officer,” said Gage. “Not unlike most private liberal arts and science institutions across the country, Hanover is in a highly competitive admissions environment and I would not want it any other way.”
A veteran member of Hanover’s admission efforts, prior to his cabinet-level position, Gage served the office of admission as dean (2011-16), director (2009-11), associate director (2007-09) and assistant director (2005-07).
As dean, he was responsible for the College’s recruitment and enrollment efforts, evidence-based strategic planning, data analysis and visualization, geodemographic student search, financial aid analysis, predictive modeling and projections. He played a key role in the increase of Hanover’s overall campus enrollment, including a substantial improvement in the percentage of students of color and international students, as well as help foster a substantial increase in prospective student inquiries, applicants, deposits and campus visits.
“Competition ensures creative thinking, innovation and disruptive transformation,” continues Gage. “I see Hanover embracing these concepts to move the College forward, while holding sacred our core liberal arts founding and philosophy. Specific to the admission office, it will not be known in enrollment circles by how exclusive or selective we are, rather how inclusive and welcoming Hanover is to all students.”
Gage is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He served as president of the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling last year.
He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana University‘s Kelley School of Business in 1999 and a master’s in business administration from Xavier University’s Williams College of Business in 2005. He earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017.