Steve Cumming has been promoted from director of admissions to vice president for enrollment management at Pfeiffer University.
Cumming, a 1992 Pfeiffer alumnus who has served the school in various admissions and recruitment capacities for 17 years, assumed his new post April 1. In this new position, he is responsible for the executive leadership and management of the university’s undergraduate student recruitment strategies and initiatives, all undergraduate admissions processes and budgets, marketing, retention and transfer initiatives. He will also have oversight of the Office of Financial Aid, its operations and budgets, student award procedures and programs and will project enrollment trends and analyze data relative to enrollment and planning.
He will report directly to Pfeiffer President Dr. Chuck Ambrose and will be a policy advisor along with other university administrators as a member of the president’s Strategic Leadership Team.
“Steve has provided effective leadership and strategic direction for the office of admissions,” said Ambrose. “As a proud graduate of Pfeiffer, he has more than demonstrated his passion and commitment for the institution. I look forward to his ability to assist the university in maintaining and accelerating its student enrollment and recruitment strategies as well as our financial aid initiatives.”
Director of admissions at Pfeiffer for the past nine years, Cumming started his admissions career while still a Pfeiffer student. In 1991, Cumming was hired as a full-time admissions counselor. After four years, he was promoted to assistant director in 1995. Two years later, he was appointed associate director of admissions, and in 1999 was named director of admissions.
He has served on several professional committees and boards affiliated with the Council on Higher Education of the United Methodist Church and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities organization. He is also a very active member of the community and serves as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Albemarle, on the board of directors for the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, as chair of the Chamber of Commerce Reverse Raffle fundraiser and as a member of the board for the Stanly County United Way.
A Winston-Salem native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Pfeiffer. He lives in Albemarle with his wife, Michelle, a Pfeiffer graduate.