LaGrange College names John Head as new vice president

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Dr. John Head has been named vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Experience at LaGrange College. 

In this role, Head will provide leadership for enrollment and the student engagement offices as he focuses efforts on both recruitment and retention.

He comes to the post after more than three decades of work in higher education enrollment and student affairs at both public and private institutions, according to college President Susanna Baxter.

“John brings a wealth of successful enrollment growth experiences to LaGrange,” she said in a press release.

“He has a history of working creatively and effectively to impact both recruitment and retention.  He will be able to make a difference quickly on our campus and will be a wonderful addition to our team.”

Head has achieved enrollment growth at multiple institutions, most recently serving at Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia; Loyola University in New Orleans; and the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.

“I am humbled and honored to be joining Dr. Baxter and her team at LaGrange College,” he said.

“LaGrange has a long history of educating the whole person, helping students understand that we all have a responsibility to work to help others. It also has a great academic reputation, and I am looking forward to serving alongside the many talented faculty, staff and alumni of the college. We are living in unprecedented times, and the type of education that LaGrange College offers to students is needed now more than ever. I am very excited about the opportunity to help the college provide this education to more students.”

Head formally served as vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Gordon State College from August 2018, vice president for enrollment management at Loyola University in June 2017, associate vice president for enrollment management at the University of West Georgia in July 2012 and vice president of enrollment management at Shorter University in July 2002.

He earned a doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in broadcast management from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Shorter College.

He has received additional training in leadership through the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute, Leadership Rome and The Fundraising School at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

Head has been married to his wife, Lee Ann, for 33 years.

She is a senior product manager for Franklin Energy, a company that delivers energy efficiency and grid optimization programs for utilities across the country. They have one daughter, Katie, who resides in Atlanta.