Brenau University appointed north Georgia native C. Ray Tatum to its top student recruiting, admissions and enrollment management position effective July 1. Reporting directly to President Ed Schrader, Tatum will serve as vice president of enrollment management for the 3,000-student doctoral degree-granting university, its five campuses and nationally heralded online programs. Tatum also will have responsibilities for planned expansions to other campuses and for growth in both undergraduate and graduate studies.
Tatum comes to Brenau from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he served as assistant vice president and director of admissions since 2007. In addition to his 11 years at Mercer that included other enrollment management experience, he has spent more than 25 years in the field, including admissions, enrollment and recruitment positions at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and two other Georgia-based institutions: Reinhardt College in Waleska and Shorter University, his undergraduate alma mater, in Rome.
“I am excited to join the Brenau family,” said Tatum. “I hope to be a key player in helping Brenau University provide extraordinary opportunities for students to grow personally and shape their lives to be ready for the world of work. There are some great things in Brenau’s future, including opening new campuses, expanding all educational platforms, strengthening the Women’s College and preserving the traditions that have lasted at Brenau for 135 years.”
Tatum has been married to Laura Ann Newton Tatum for over 28 years and they have two adult daughters.