Arlene Wesley Cash
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
University of the Pacific
Arlene Cash comes to Pacific from Spelman College in Atlanta, where she served for 10 years as vice president for enrollment management. As Pacific's Vice Provost, she will coordinate and support enrollment management across the University's three campuses and nine schools and colleges, defining and structuring the administrative and student services functions and overseeing and coordinating the enrollment functions for undergraduate, graduate and international students.
In designing the University's strategic enrollment planning initiatives, Cash will lead and develop the areas of student recruitment, admissions and retention. The offices of admission, financial aid and the registrar will be under her direct supervision.
In addition to her leadership at Spelman, Cash has served as dean of enrollment at the University of Arkansas and held admissions leadership roles at UMass Amherst, Boston University and Kent State University. Throughout her career, she has served professionally and in a voluntary capacity with Upward Bound programs across the country, including those at Kent State University, UMass Boston, Brandeis University and Case Western Reserve University.
Cash is an alumna of the UMass Boston Upward Bound Program. During her tenure at Kent State, the university's multicultural graduate student enrollment increased by 120 percent. Under her watch at the University of Massachusetts, the average SAT of entering students increased by nearly 10 percent. At the University of Arkansas, initiatives she led helped to increase the proportion of African American undergraduate students by 10 percent and Hispanic students by 5 percent. And at Spelman, first-year retention moved from 82 percent to 91 percent and the 6-year graduation rate increased from 75 percent to a high of 81 percent.
Cash has served on a number of boards and committees of the College Board, including the College Scholarship Services Board, Commission on Access and Equity, Midwestern Region Board, Retention Advisory Board, and Dream Deferred Coordinating Conference Committee. She has also held a number of posts as a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.
A frequent presenter at conferences and professional meetings, Cash has been interviewed for NPR's Talk of the Nation, participated in a panel presentation on NBC's Today Show and is the author of numerous articles on college admissions. She earned bachelor's degrees in English and philosophy at Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y., a master's in philosophy at Kent State University, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in higher education leadership at the University of Georgia.