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Beth Wolfe

Director of Recruitment, 
Marshall University 
Huntington, 37

So how many people earned undergraduate degrees in English and chemistry education, followed by a master's in engineering management and are currently working on a Ph.D. in higher education leadership?

Beth Wolfe, for one.

Wolfe is director of recruitment at Marshall University in Huntington. Her career path has taken some different turns.

She spent most of her childhood in Montgomery, where both her parents were professors at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and she graduated from St. Albans High School. She earned her bachelor's degrees from Marshall in 1998 and her MSE in engineering management in 2009.

While in graduate school, she learned about the engineering management program. It emphasized management, not the technical parts of engineering, and it required much of the math and science she had learned in chemistry education, so she didn't have many prerequisites to catch up on.

Her 15-year career in education began at Stonewall Jackson Junior High School (now Middle School) in Charleston. It took her to Bloomington (Ind.) High School South, then back to Marshall, where she was coordinator of STEM outreach. She has been recruitment director for about four years.

"An unconventional path to my current position as director of recruitment to be sure, but my experience has served me well in understanding the mindset of our prospective students," she said.

During her tenure as director of recruitment, Marshall has seen two record-setting years of freshman enrollment.

"Our main focus right now is on first-time freshmen, but we also work with potential transfer and potential graduate students," she said. The medical and pharmacy schools have their own recruitment offices, she said.

Wolfe said she tries to make the recruitment process as personal as possible.

Marshall aims for 2,000 first-time freshmen per year, she said.

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