Brian Henley has been named director of the Office of Admissions at East Tennessee State University. He replaced Mike Pitts, who retired in 2012 after 37 years of service to the university.
His new position at ETSU marks a return to his home state for Henley. The Cleveland native graduated from Cleveland High School and attended Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma. He began his admissions career as an admissions counselor and assistant director of admissions at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he earned his master of business administration and bachelor of science in business administration degrees.
Henley comes to ETSU from the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he was director of admissions since 2008. During his tenure, the university set record numbers for admission applications, total enrollment, level of academic preparation for entering students, freshman-to-sophomore retention rate, and ethnic and racial diversity of entering students. Henley joined Oregon in 2003 as associate director of admissions for recruiting, a post he held until he became interim director of admissions in 2007. Before that, he was associate director of admissions for recruitment at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
“I’ve always felt destined to be a part of the ETSU community and I’m very happy to be back in Tennessee,” Henley said. “Several members of my family are ETSU alumni, and I have always had great respect for the university.
“ETSU offers excellent educational opportunities in an inspirational setting, and I’m excited about doing my part to build on the success that the university has already achieved. I can’t wait to immerse myself in the local community, state and the region, and look forward to working with prospective students and their parents, as well as high school principals and guidance counselors.”
Dr. Ramona Williams, vice provost for enrollment services, said, “I couldn’t be more pleased that Brian has joined us. I think his combination of regional and national university experience, as well as his familiarity with the state and region, will serve us well.”
Henley is a member of the Association of Chief Admissions Officers at Public Universities, the Western and Pacific Northwest associations for College Admissions Counseling; the College Board, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. He is a former member of the Tennessee Counseling Association, in which he served as president of the Martha Polk Chapter in 1998-99. He has presented on admissions-related topics at numerous conferences throughout the country, including the conference on Best Practices in Achievement for Students of Color in Clemson, S.C.
Henley and his family will reside in Johnson City. His wife, Lisa Geurin, and their daughters, Grace, 15, and Lily, 13, are still in Eugene until June.