Division of Enrollment Management - Who We Are
Who We Are
Our Vice President and department leaders bring a diverse background of experience to the division to realize its mission and vision.
Vice President, Enrollment Management
Rodney has over 25 years of strategic enrollment leadership experience and has a proven record of increasing quality metrics, retention and graduation rates to record levels, and creating pipelines for college access opportunities.
In 2016, he was honored by the Middle States Region of the College Board with its Bernard P. Ireland Recognition Award, the highest individual award given to a member of the Middle States Region. The award recognizes an individual with a commitment to improving humanity through education, by demonstrating a record of service to young people in easing the transition from high school to college and distinguishing themselves as change agents.
His previous positions include Associate Provost for Enrollment Management at Stony Brook University; Associate Chancellor for Enrollment Management at Rutgers University, Camden Campus; Director of Admissions at Mount Saint Mary College, NY; Vice President of Global Diversity Recruitment at Lehman Brothers; Director of the MBA Preparation Program at Management Leadership for Tomorrow; Associate Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid for the Wharton School MBA Program; Senior Admissions Officer and Director of Minority Recruitment at the University of Pennsylvania; and Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Rochester, NY.
Morrison has served as president of the College Board Middle States Regional Council and been active in numerous professional organizations, including the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, National Association of College Admissions Counseling and the Association of Black Admissions and Financial Aid Officers in the Ivy League and Sister Schools. In addition, he has served as President and Vice President of the Board of KIPP Philadelphia Charter School.
A first generation college graduate, he earned his bachelor’s degree in history, a business management certificate in marketing, and a master’s degree in education at the University of Rochester. While an undergraduate there, he played on the 1990 Men’s Basketball Division III National Championship Team. He volunteered at a Big Brother/ Big Sister Program as well as served as an Urban League tutor.
Executive Director, Office of Admissions
Douglas Zander, Ed.D.
Dr. Zander is the Executive Director of Admissions at the University of Delaware. He has served in a variety of positions and settings within higher education for more than 30 years. He began his work as an administrator at a community college in New Jersey, before moving to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he served as Dean of Enrollment Planning. He next served as a Vice President and Dean of Students at a small liberal arts college, Paul Smith’s College, in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. Dr. Zander served for 11 years at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, first as director of admissions and then as the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management. He joined the University of Delaware in 2013. In addition to his administrative role at UD, he has served as a faculty member in Immaculata University’s doctoral program in higher education for nearly a decade.
Dr. Zander has a bachelor’s degree in Communications, a master’s degree in Culture and Policy Studies, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. His research interests focus on access and success strategies to support the changing landscape in higher education.
Executive Director, Student Financial Services
As Executive Director for Student Financial Services, Mary Booker has the primary responsibility for coordinating student financial services and operations across the Division of Enrollment Management to promote student success and ensure operational effectiveness.
Before joining UD in 2020, she served as Assistant Vice Provost for Student Financial Services at University of San Francisco. She also has worked in financial aid and enrollment management at Pomona College, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Dartmouth College.
Amanda Steele-Middleton currently serves at the University Registrar at the University of Delaware. With nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, Amanda has led multiple registrar’s offices through software and system implementations, looking for opportunities to streamline processes and facilitate improved interactions with software that supports the academic infrastructure. Prior to joining the University of Delaware, Amanda served as University Registrar at Wright State University, Meredith College, and Heidelberg University.
A self-described data nerd, she has a deep commitment to collaborating to improve systems that enhance the academic experience and help students meet degree attainment goals. Amanda has been very involved professionally at both the state and national level and serves on professional committees with a commitment to further development for registrar professionals. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Business Administration, both from Wright State University.
Dr. Xiaowen Hu is the statistician for the Division of Enrollment Management. She joined UD in 2017 with a PhD in Agricultural Economics from University of Kentucky. Dr. Hu assists in preparing presentations of data to support strategic and operational planning and decision-making. She is responsible for collaborating and consultation with undergraduate recruitment and student data projects, including trend analysis, forecasting, and providing data sets. Dr. Hu also develops and produces original research projects addressing enrollment management questions and issues, including student behavior study, retention analysis, outcome evaluation, enrollment projection, and other predictive analyses.
Associate Director of Process Improvement
Natalia brings nearly 10 years of cross-industry experience, having served as a vocational instructor, admissions coordinator, and Director of Admissions and Career Placement at Philadelphia Job Corps Life Science Institute. Since joining in 2019, Natalia has leveraged a deep background in post-secondary education, program management, change management, and fostering performance enhancement to bring tailored solutions to the division.
Natalia earned her BA in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Psychology, from Temple University and holds an MS in Organization Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph's University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Leadership for Organizations at the University of Dayton, with a focus on inclusive high impact education and transformational leadership. Natalia currently serves as the chair of the Latino/Hispanic Heritage Caucus and is a subcommittee member of the Antiracism Initiative at the University of Delaware.
Assistant to the Vice President
Sarah is the assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment Management. She graduated with a BS in Clothing and Textile Retailing from Truman University then spent 20+ years in the travel industry. Sarah started at UD in the Provost's office 15 years ago before joining the newly formed office of the VPEM in 2014.