Wilkes University


Brian Dalton Appointed Vice President for Enrollment Services at Wilkes University

Brian Dalton is Vice President for Enrollment Services at Wilkes UniversityBrian Dalton, Ph.D., has been appointed vice president for enrollment services at Wilkes University. He joined the University on Oct. 10.  Dalton will oversee recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students, supervising the undergraduate admissions and graduate admissions staffs.

In announcing Dalton’s appointment, Anne Skleder, Wilkes’ senior vice president and provost, said, “Dr. Dalton brings to Wilkes University 25 years of experience in higher education and a national reputation for his work in recruitment, retention, strategic thinking, and marketing, that will contribute greatly to the achievement of the goals in the University efforts in our Gateway to the Future Strategic Plan.”

In accepting the position, Dalton said he is enthusiastic about joining the University. "Wilkes University is a gem - unlike few universities in America. What they do here for students is truly life-changing,” Dalton said. “I’m proud to become a member of such a committed community of students, faculty and administrators.”

Dalton formerly served as vice president for enrollment and college relations at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., where he was instrumental in producing strong enrollments, particularly in the areas of domestic and international diversity and out-of-state students. 

Prior to his tenure at Allegheny, Dalton served as senior vice president for enrollment management at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., during which time Mercer enrolled the university’s largest freshman classes in a decade and its largest-ever of incoming class of international students. He also introduced and oversaw implementation of the Mercer Pledge – Four Year Graduation Guarantee. 

Dalton also served for 10 years as vice president for enrollment management and associate academic dean for program development at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. Prior to that, he worked at the University of the Incarnate Word/Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas, as dean of enrollment management. He began his career in admissions at his alma mater, Gannon University in Erie, Pa. In 2011, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers honored Dalton with its award for outstanding leadership in strategic enrollment management. 

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a master of public administration from Gannon University. He earned a doctorate in education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. 

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 42 bachelor’s degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master's degree programs and four doctoral/terminal degree programs including the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.