NJIT adds former Stevens Institute exec as vice provost to manage enrollment

Susan Gross brings 20 years of experience in admissions and financial aid at universities and law schools

New Jersey Institute of Technology has named Susan Gross as its new vice provost for enrollment management, effective Jan. 17.

Gross will bring 20 years of experience in admissions and financial aid at universities and law schools, and most recently served more than eight years at Stevens Institute of Technology, where she was assistant vice president for enrollment management and, earlier, director of financial aid. During her time at Stevens, the school saw applications nearly double, enrollment increase by more than a third and the percentage of female and underrepresented students rise steadily.

In her new role at Newark-based NJIT, Gross will develop recruitment strategies, set strategic goals and optimize the recruitment and enrollment process, with a particular focus on deepening the diversity of the student body. The university’s current first-year class is the largest and most diverse ever with total enrollment at an all-time high of 12,000.

“NJIT’s commitment to providing access to the highest quality educational experience to its students aligns with my reasons for pursuing a longstanding career in higher education, particularly the opportunity to provide a solid foundation for individuals to realize their educational and career goals,” Gross said.

“Susan’s success at Stevens, particularly in attracting students from underserved communities, aligns with our goal of opening doors for and attracting talented and diverse students who will thrive at NJIT,” interim Provost and Senior Executive Vice President Atam Dhawan, to whom Gross will report, stated. “She also shares our belief that a symbiotic relationship among admissions, financial aid and the registrar is key to attracting and retaining students.”

Before Stevens, Gross was university director of financial aid at Fairleigh Dickinson University and interim dean of admissions and financial aid at New York Law School, where she earlier served as senior director of admissions and financial aid. She also held admissions and financial aid roles at Seton Hall University School of Law.