Kissell brings call, enrollment experience to BPC

MOUNT VERNON -- Brad Kissell is the son of a third-generation pastor and believes his calling to Christian service is in higher education, specifically in enrollment growth.

Kissell's calling, experience and visionary abilities complement Brewton-Parker College's restructuring of its enrollment services, and he became the institution's first dean of enrollment management on July 1.

"Higher education is my passion and I feel the call to Christian higher education," said Kissell, who has worked in the enrollment area for 13 years -- most recently at Indiana Wesleyan University as director of enrollment management for more than three years.

"My job before me is to help Brewton-Parker College grow the quality and quantity of its student body. In addition, I plan to assist the college in understanding who our students are, what they need and what the marketplace needs."

As dean of enrollment management, Kissell oversees the restructuring that brings Brewton-Parker's admissions, financial aid, retention and registrar's offices under one umbrella.

The restructuring evolved after Jim Beall left his position of eight years as director of admissions to become director of Brewton-Parker's Savannah Center under Brewton-Parker's external programs division.

"I see Brewton-Parker as being at a junction where we have a good opportunity for significant growth over the next several years," said Kissell, who holds a master's degree in nonprofit management from Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia.

"Dr. David Smith (BPC's president) has provided the institution strong leadership over the last several years. Dr. John Waters (vice president for enrollment services) has pulled the enrollment and student affairs areas in line, providing excellent services to the students we serve. We have quality personnel and excellent faculty that, along with the administration, will assist the institution in its growth. It will take time, but it can happen with each area of the college working together as a team."

Kissell's wife, Juanita, is Brewton-Parker's new director of counseling and career services. During the past year and a half, they founded and directed Servant's Beacon, a ministry for pastors, their families and churches.

"As dean of enrollment management, Mr. Kissell brings a level of experience and professionalism that the college has not previously enjoyed," Waters said. "His love for students and his passion for Christian education make him a great fit for Brewton-Parker College."