portrait of Kurt Thiede

Kurt Thiede

Kurt Thiede has worked in higher education administration for over three decades. His senior management responsibilities have included strategic enrollment planning, student recruitment and admission, student retention, financial aid, marketing communications, student life, intercollegiate athletics, and alumni relations. Viewing enrollment management within the context of the prospect-student-alumni lifecycle, Kurt employs strategies and tactics that establish relational pipelines to build and maintain quality and diverse enrollments at the institutions he has served on staff and as a consultant. He believes in collaborating with an institution’s leadership to create and implement solutions that address needs and interests specific to their situations.

Through his commitment to the Community College Pathways (CCP) program, Kurt assists four-year institutions with establishing sustainable partnerships with community colleges; these educational pathways provide access to high-quality education for motivated and deserving students, while helping institutions meet their enrollment and graduation goals.

Kurt held leadership appointments for 18 years at Muhlenberg College and nine at Bucknell University. He served as an enrollment consultant to a variety of higher education clients before committing his professional efforts to the CCP initiative.