The University of Wyoming has hired its first associate vice provost for enrollment management as the school looks to bounce back from years of stagnant admissions.

UW’s board of trustees approved the hiring of Kyle Moore, the director of admissions at West Texas A&M University, on Wednesday. He will take the reins of several enrollment-related areas at the school, including the financial aid and registrar offices. He will report to Provost Kate Miller, according to a university press release.

During his five years as admissions director at West Texas A&M, Moore helped grow the school’s enrollment from 8,000 to 10,000, according to the release.

“Moore is charged with providing leadership and coordination in building a holistic and integrated strategic enrollment management function that is consistent with the goals, mission and resources of the university,” the release said.

UW saw a decline of nearly 200 students in fall 2016, a drop that could’ve been even worse had administrators not worked through the summer to help close the gap, President Laurie Nichols has said. It was the low point after several years of flat enrollment.

But, for this fall at least, the university has bounced back: Officials anticipate a record freshman class to descend on Laramie. University leaders have attributed the success to its long-term enrollment plan, drawn up over the past several months with the help of a Chicago-based consultant.

Nichols told the Star-Tribune in July that the university’s lack of a strategic plan with clear goals for enrollment was a leading cause in the 2016 decline. The board of trustees approved a new blueprint — the school’s first in several years — last month.

Mary Aguayo, who held the enrollment management position on an interim basis, will be the director of both transfer relations and the new transfer success center.

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Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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