Dr. David Mee, a 33-year veteran of higher education, who currently serves as associate provost and dean of enrollment at Belmont University in Nashville, has been named vice president for enrollment management at Campbell University, President J. Bradley Creed announced today. He will begin his work at Campbell on July 1.
Under Mee’s leadership at Belmont from 2010 to 2019, total enrollment at the private university rose 43 percent. Mee led a dedicated team of more than 40 men and women at Belmont in all aspects of the admissions experience, including student financial services. He also presented to numerous organizations regarding college admission and related topics and authored various articles focused on the successful college search. As a consultant, he has assisted more than 60 colleges and universities in building strong admission and retention programs. A graduate of Houghton College in New York, Mee earned a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a doctor of education degree from Trevecca Nazarene University.
Creed said he was excited to welcome Mee to the Campbell community following a nationwide search. “David’s track record at Belmont University as associate provost and dean of enrollment is superb,” Creed said. “He’s one of the most knowledgeable and successful university enrollment leaders in the nation, and we could not be more pleased for him to bring his talents to Campbell University.”
Mee said he has dedicated his career — which included administrative roles at Houghton College, Samford University, and Milligan College before Belmont — to contributing to the long-term health of institutions similar to Campbell. He said he is a product of a faith-based, residential, student-centered, liberal arts undergraduate experience, and that experience played a role in his interest in Campbell.
“Campbell University’s history, mission, programs and above all, the people, resonated with me from the moment I began to discuss this opportunity with University leadership,” Mee said. “My excitement only grew once I visited campus and sensed a deep commitment to students — and the transformative experience the University offers.”
Mee said he is motivated by the opportunity to further the institution’s mission, vision, and values as he works in partnership with faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees, and other stakeholders. He said he’s eager to join the Campbell community to “listen and learn.” “The future is bright for Campbell, and I consider it a privilege beyond words to be part of the future of this historic institution,” he said. “Campbell plays a critical role in North Carolina and beyond. As was the case when I visited the University recently, prospective students will sense there is something special about Campbell the moment they walk on campus.”
Mee said the three most important letters in the college search journey are “F-I-T”. His role will be to help students find the type of environment that maximizes their gifts, abilities, and interests. “The ‘process’ of the college search has radically changed over the many years I served in this field,” Mee said. “When once waiting days for a packet of the requested information to arrive in the mail was the norm, web-based communication and interaction have created a generation whose definition of expected communication differs from how their parents approached the college search. Our plan for communicating with students and parents must recognize this reality while being authentic and focused on the needs, goals, and dreams of each student.”
Campbell University currently enrolls 6,448 undergraduate and graduate students at its main campus and health science campus in Buies Creek; at its campuses in Raleigh, Fort Bragg, and Camp Lejeune; and online. Campbell is the “private university of choice” in North Carolina, enrolling more native North Carolinians than any other private university or college in the state.