Top administrators resign amid enrollment downturn

University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman on Monday announced the resignation of Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management Mary Aguayo, effective Jan. 3 next year.

She also on Monday announced the resignation of University General Counsel Doajo Hicks, which was effective Sept. 30. 

The University provost, Kerop Janoyan, is currently on leave from his position, but he is  expected to return within the month, according to officials in his office. 

“We will … be using this time to examine all areas of the University related to the student lifecycle  – including retention, persistence, and degree completion – to ensure we continue to move in a direction that is grounded in student success, and the success of the University,” Lieberman wrote in her Monday email announcement.

Discussion of these changes in upper management and more were taken up by the Faculty Senate on Monday, during which time the concern of the University’s declining enrollment and revenues was also discussed. 

The University undershot its target enrollment of 5,800 students for this fall, with about 5,600 students currently registered, Roy Kwon, assistant provost of undergraduate programs, said during the Faculty Senate meeting. 

President Lieberman told the Senate that she is looking forward to working with faculty and other constituents on a “sustainability” plan to increase enrollment and improve the University’s financial health. 

—Vincent Matthew Franco and Anabel Martinez

Vincent Matthew Franco is a senior journalism major with a concentration in print and online journalism. He has been involved in journalism and print media in high school, community college and is now at the social media editor of the Campus Times and a staff photographer for the Campus Times and La Verne Magazine. He previously served as arts editor.

Anabel Martinez is a senior digital media major with a concentration in film and television, and a journalism minor. She serves as the managing editor overseeing all of the Campus Times sections and was previously editor-in-chief in Spring 2022.

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