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Drury makes hire for new executive role

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Drury University announced the hiring of an executive vice president of enrollment management and operations for adult and online education, a newly created role for the school.

Kimbrea Browning, who’s scheduled to start March 18, comes to Drury from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she’s been vice president of enrollment management since 2015, according to a news release.

Browning, who will report directly to Drury President Tim Cloyd, will oversee recruitment, student experience and the day-to-day operations of the College of Continuing Professional Studies’ evening and online programs.

“Kimbrea understands the needs of today’s nontraditional students, and she will be an entrepreneurial leader for Drury and for our region in evolving our evening and online programming,” Cloyd said in the release. “Her experience in all aspects of recruitment, retention, marketing and financial aid will serve Drury well as we continue to innovate in the nontraditional space by providing an incredible experience for our students and seeking strategic partnerships with local and regional businesses to develop new programs.”

Drury spokesman Mike Brothers said there are currently 1,365 students enrolled in the evening and online programs. He said the majority of the students are currently in the workforce.

Through the continuing education college, students can seek associate and bachelor’s degrees, as well as minors and certificates. Bachelor’s degrees include business administration, health services management and criminal justice. Evening classes are $252 per credit hour, and online classes are $308, according to the college’s website.

“The higher education landscape is changing so rapidly. The communities we serve need us to step up,” Browning said in the release.

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