Jackie Balzer appointed as PSU's top leader for student recruitment, retention and success
Author: Suzanne Pardington, University Communications
Posted: June 28, 2011



Jackie Balzer has been appointed as Portland State University's (PSU) vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, a new top-level post that will bring new energy and focus to student recruitment, retention and success. 

As head of PSU's Enrollment Management and Student Affairs division, Balzer will oversee residence life, campus recreation, admissions, financial aid, new student programs, academic and career services, student health services, student life programs, and diversity and multicultural student services. She will report directly to President Wim Wiewel and serve on his leadership team.

"Jackie has proven to be a creative leader with a strong record as a tireless advocate for students," said Wiewel.  "She has overseen significant advances in the student experience, support, advising and improvements in our campus life. She'll be able to accomplish even more on behalf of students with new expanded responsibilities." 

Balzer's staff will provide essential services and programs to enhance student enrollment, retention, graduation and learning outside of the classroom.

"At PSU, we are committed to student success," Balzer said. "Creating the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs division will ensure all of our services for students are coordinated and help us achieve our goals."

Balzer has served for three years as PSU's vice provost for student affairs. During her 27-year career in enrollment management and student affairs, she has worked within a wide array of the student services including residence life, new student programs, first-year experience, pre-college programs, diversity development, student leadership development and student conduct. Prior to coming to PSU, Balzer served as dean of student life at Oregon State University.