Pope Joins Nashville State as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management


Dr. Alexis Pope joined Nashville State Community College as vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. His first day was June 17. He takes over after the retirement of longtime Nashville State leader Dr. Carol Osorio.

Dr. Alexis Pope joined Nashville State Community College as vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Pope brings a wealth of experience to his new role. As a senior leader, he will serve on the President’s Cabinet.

He comes to Nashville State after serving as the associate vice president for Enrollment Management at Augusta University.

Before that, he was the director of admissions at Appalachian State University for nearly five years and at Tennessee Technological University for more than three years.

Pope started his career in higher education at Tennessee Tech, where he was assistant director of admissions, undergraduate admissions counselor, and campus visit coordinator.

“I am confident that Dr. Pope's mission to help students succeed, his prior experience, collaborative nature, strategic thinking, his desire to serve others, and his energy will be a great fit for the college,” said Nashville State President Dr. Shanna L. Jackson.

In collaboration with academic affairs and other appropriate units, Pope will strategically align all activities overseen by the division to enhance student learning and success while supporting a student-ready college approach to enrollment management and student development.

“I am excited to return to Tennessee to continue building on Nashville State’s momentum in supporting students on their pathway to social and economic mobility,” said Pope. “I consider it a privilege to join a team so dedicated to helping as many students as possible realize the excellent opportunities for an education here.”

Pope is responsible for the vision, strategic planning, and oversight of student affairs and enrollment outside of the classroom, which includes enrollment services, access center, testing, career services, military and veteran services, financial aid, student life, and all necessary legal and accreditation compliance matters.

He earned an Ed.D. in higher education administration from Tennessee State University, along with a Master of Science in educational leadership and a bachelor’s in education from Tennessee Tech University.

In addition to his numerous leadership appointments, Pope served on the College Board’s Southern Regional Council for five years, one as chair.

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