New Hire: Vice President of Enrollment Management Ellen Johnson

Alyssa Luukkonen

If you are a student at St. Scholastica, you have most likely been to the admissions office at least once, whether it was for a campus tour, a meeting with an admissions counselor, or just to say hi. Recently, there has been a new addition to the admissions office: Ellen Johnson, Vice President of Enrollment Management. However, this isn’t the first time CSS has seen Johnson. She is actually an alumni!

Ellen Johnson graduated from St. Scholastica in 2001 with a degree in elementary education and a minor in music. She started her career here at CSS as an admissions counselor for one year. Johnson then spent the next four and a half years working in admissions at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Following that, she worked for Higher Education Marketing Company in Boston. Finally, before coming back to work at CSS, Johnson was the director of Admissions at Simmons College in Boston.

When asked why she decided to come back to CSS, Johnson replied, “St. Scholastica and Duluth have always been an important place. It was a unique opportunity to influence the strategic direction of the college.”

What exactly does the Vice President of Enrollment Management in admissions do? “I oversee admissions for traditional, graduate, and online students,” said Johnson.

In addition, her job includes working as a part of the financial aid department, and the marketing and communications department.

Johnson said the thing she likes the most about CSS is the community and sense of hospitality, which she described as “welcoming and engaging.” She also likes that the size of the school allows students to be involved in anything, regardless of what their major might be.

Johnson herself was involved in many activities when she was a student at CSS, including music (she played the piano and the trombone), theatre, and CAB. She also studied abroad in Ireland. Johnson even met her husband at CSS, along with some of her best friends who she is still in contact with today.