Douglas L. Christiansen, PhD

Senior Associate Consultant

Noel-Levitz consultant Douglas ChristiansenDr. Douglas L. Christiansen consults for Ruffalo Noel Levitz from his position as vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions at Vanderbilt University. He also serves as assistant professor of public policy and higher education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt's Peabody College. He has conducted more than 120 consulting engagements, working directly with presidents, trustees, enrollment professionals, and faculty on enrollment-related issues.

In his role as vice provost, Dr. Christiansen serves as the university's chief enrollment strategist, overseeing the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships, Enrollment Management Information Systems, the University Registrar, Vanderbilt Institutional Research Group (VIRG), and Honor Scholars. He also oversees the Chancellors and Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship programs and the ENGAGE scholars program. In addition, he is responsible for the development and implementation of a new 10-year strategic plan for all major student enterprise-wide computing systems that fall within the Provost's purview.

Before he was recruited to Vanderbilt in the summer of 2006, he served as assistant vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions at Purdue University (IN). Prior to joining Purdue in 1995, Dr. Christiansen was associate director of Student Recruitment and High School Services at the University of Utah.

Associations, presentations, and education

Dr. Christiansen is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counselors, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and the College Board. During his tenure in these organizations he has given countless presentations at their state, regional and national meetings. In addition he is a member of The College Board's National Task Force on Admissions in the 21st Century, is a member on the Advanced Placement (AP) National Advisory Committee, and is on the Trustee appointed membership committee for the College Board. As an active member of these organizations, Dr. Christiansen has also been appointed to several sub-committees and task forces on topics including access to higher education and ethical admissions and financial aid practices.

A frequent speaker and conference panelist, Dr. Christiansen has also presented nationally at the North American Enrollment Management Institute and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and internationally at the Higher Education SAP summit. In addition to Dr. Christiansen's administrative responsibilities, he is an active researcher and professor. He has taught at the college level for over a decade and has served on numerous masters and doctoral committees.

Dr. Christiansen earned his bachelor's, master's degree, and PhD (in higher education administration) at the University of Utah. 

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