Vicki House has been chosen as vice president for enrollment management by Hardin-Simmons University president Dr. Lanny Hall. Her selection came after a five-month national search among highly qualified candidates to fill this critical administrative position.
“Mrs. House is a talented, energetic, and creative administrator,” said Hall. “Since joining the HSU team in 2005, she has proven her abilities in multiple areas of responsibility. I predict that she will do an outstanding job as vice president for enrollment management.”
Prior to her selection, House served in numerous instrumental roles in the HSU Admissions Office, as well as other leadership functions across campus. Initially serving as the Title IV compliance coordinator in financial aid, her leadership skills soon led her to be appointed as director of admissions and recruiting. After serving in that capacity for nearly four years and completing a Master of Business Administration degree at HSU, she was named executive assistant to the president in the spring of 2011.
Her proven leadership and positive impact from the executive office led Hall to name her as interim vice president for enrollment management in January of 2013. House continued to perform all duties in her role as executive assistant to the president while continuing to nurture collaborative relationships across campus in her role as interim vice president.
House has proven herself a driven leader who cares about excellence in all areas of life, as well as providing others the opportunity to be excellent in all aspects of their lives.
“Enrollment management is more than just ensuring students successfully enroll and matriculate at HSU,” House said, “It is working to balance enrollment planning, admissions, and financial aid while maintaining strategic pricing, discounting, and financial aid leveraging.”
House points to her previous experiences in financial aid and admissions with giving her insight into working with parents, prospective students, development officers, school administrators, and churches. Meanwhile her experience in the President’s Office demanded collaboration with faculty, staff, donors, and community executives.
House was instrumental in the success of the 2011 West Texas Honor Flight, a mission to fly World War II veterans, free of charge, to see the WWII war memorial in Washington D.C. She also assisted in successfully planning HSU’s hosting of the annual meeting of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities in June 2011.
Pivotal in implementing a fully integrated online application process at HSU, House was also a contributor in the creation and setup of HSU’s Dyess Welcome Center, which serves to welcome prospective students and alumni to the campus.
House is a member of the HSU Administrative Council and has served successfully as the liaison on HSU’s Moving the Needle Project and 2020 Campus Master Plan. She has also served as a member of the Staff Senate, as a member of the Admissions Committee, and on the Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee.
Prior to coming to HSU, House worked as an accountant in the Abilene accounting firm of Burchell, Denson, and Morrison. She served as a property manager for Property Management of Abilene, and as a licensed realtor for Senter Realtors.
She earned a B.B.A. in accounting from HSU in 2001 and an M.B.A. from HSU in 2010.
She is married to Gary House, owner of The House Specialist, a residential construction firm. They have three daughters: Sarah, a 2009 graduate of HSU, married to Geoffrey Turner, a 2008 HSU graduate; Katie, a 2010 graduate of HSU, married to Kelly Gilgenbach; and Julianne, who will be a freshman at Abilene High School this fall.
House, a native of Owensboro, Kentucky, has served in the Children’s Ministry at Beltway Baptist Church in Abilene, where her family attends church; has served on the Executive Board of the Abilene High School Band Booster Club and as a member of the band boosters; and has served on the Executive Board of Pregnancy Resources of Abilene.