AMU Announces Deanne R. Gipson, Ph.D. as New Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management


14 January 2021

Ave Maria University is pleased to announce the addition of Deanne R. Gipson, Ph.D. as the new associate vice president of enrollment management. Gipson brings a wealth of experience in higher education teaching and staff experience, corporate management, mission-based consulting, as well as, Catholic teaching and evangelization.

“We are excited to have Dr. Gipson become a part of our team at Ave Maria University,” said President Christopher P. Ice. “With her corporate skills and experience in higher education, she’s a wonderful fit and will be a catalyst in moving our enrollment initiatives forward.”

Before joining Ave Maria University, Gipson was a staff member at the University of Notre Dame in the graduate school enrollment management division serving as recruitment strategies program director. Through use of research and data analysis, Gipson helped target recruiting efforts for both virtual and in-person learning. It is these skills Gipson seeks to bring to Ave Maria University to help attract and guide families through the various stages of enrollment.

“My ultimate goal is to help mission-minded students find and fulfill their vocational call,” said Gipson.

When Gipson is not interacting with prospective students and their families, she enjoys a rosary run around campus, attending daily Mass, or spending time in the adoration chapel. She is thrilled to be returning to Florida where she attended college (Rollins College in Winter Park, FL) and worked professionally for over 10 years. Gipson has a strong commitment to family and is one of five siblings. She has one son, a recent graduate of Notre Dame, who is currently performing a year of service before starting his Ph.D. studies in Chemistry at Stanford University.