(Columbia, SC) -- Benedict College is pleased to announce that Dr. Emmanuel Lalande has joined Benedict College Family as the new Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Lalande brings to the College over a decade of higher education and administration experience. In his new role, he will be responsible for recruiting some of the best and most promising students from across the country. Additionally, Dr. Lalande will provide oversight to the areas of Financial Aid, Admissions and Marketing, the Call Center, Scholarships, International Programs and retention.
“Dr. Lalande brings a wealth of experience in higher education and enrollment management. He has a great combination of experience, enthusiasm, and passion for student success,” remarked Dr. Roslyn C. Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College. We look forward to benefiting from his expertise as he leads our enrollment efforts.”
The school recently announced that Benedict College will lower its tuition by $5,800 for the 2018-19 academic year. Additionally, the college will end its open-enrollment policy and the incoming freshman class will be required to have a SAT=850 or above, ACT =17 or above, or a GPA = 2.0 or above for admission. Dr. Lalande’s arrival to the Midland’s campus comes just as Benedict College is repositioning itself to be more competitive.
“I am excited about joining the Benedict Family with its rich history and 148-year legacy of educating students,” Dr. Lalande said. “I’m looking forward to employing new and innovative strategies to recruit students. Enrollment is a key part of the President Artis’ strategic plan to make Benedict College one of the top institutions in the region.”
Dr. Lalande has had experiences in various roles over his career and during the span of his career has raised approximately $4 million in grants and private donations. He has launched a variety of new initiatives, including a living-learning community for members of the Honors program, minority male initiatives, students majoring in math and science, a service learning program, and projects that focused on creating a more inclusive campus.
He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Delaware State University. He earned a doctorate of education degree with a concentration in organizational leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
About Benedict College
Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a private, co-educational liberal arts institution and home to over 2,100 students in its 32 baccalaureate degree programs. The College, affiliated with the Baptist Church, is located on 220 acres nestled in the heart of Columbia, SC. Benedict has high-quality programs of teaching, research, and public service. The College has been “a power for good” in the community for over 148 years having produced over 17,000 proud alumni throughout the nation. Over the last seven years, Benedict College has been ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly for creating social mobility, producing cutting-edge scholarship and research. Benedict recently received the National Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center for encouraging students to give back to the community. A recent UNCF Economic Impact study highlights Benedict College as a critical and sustainable economic engine in the Midlands community in South Carolina. A recent UNCF Economic Impact study found that Benedict College has generated more than a $130 million economic impact in its local and regional communities.