HUDSON — Western Reserve Academy announces the appointment of Jenni Biehn to director of enrollment management at the school.
Biehn began her tenure at WRA July 1, 2018, during a transformative time for the school, including the culmination of the $78 million Campaign for Excellence & Access and the reopening of historic Seymour Hall.
"Jenni is a seasoned admission and enrollment management professional who is an excellent fit for our school at this time in our history," said Head of School Christopher D. Burner ‘80. "I have confidence that Jenni’s passionate work ethic, deep experience in education and strong interpersonal skills will be a great asset to the WRA community."
Biehn’s path to WRA comes via a national search that found her southwest of Hudson in Columbus. She currently is the director of admission and financial aid at the Columbus School for Girls.
The director of enrollment management, a member of the executive team, is a newly created position at WRA. In today’s competitive school marketplace, enrollment management encompasses every aspect of the recruiting and admission process, from market and data analysis, to collaboration in the awarding of financial aid, to building and maintaining relationships with families.
WRA officials say Biehn’s experience covers these bases and beyond. At the Columbus School for Girls, her goal and data-oriented approach guided growth for the school. Prior to CSG, her roles at The Shipley School and William Penn Charter School, both in Pennsylvania, resulted in increased admission and retention. She began her experience in education at a Midwest boarding school, the Cranbrook Schools in Michigan.
"Jenni personifies the Midwestern values for which WRA is known," said Kate Mueller, associate head of school at WRA. "All the same, she is a global thinker, which is important to a school like Reserve that brings together students from 23 states and 16 countries."
Biehn joins an admissions office at WRA that is committed to excellence and access. Reserve’s selective admission process identifies and supports some of the country’s best students, and its commitment to access is evidenced in more than $6M in financial aid awarded each year. WRA officials say Biehn also brings extensive experience in developing merit scholarships, which will further evolve WRA’s newly launched Distinguished Pioneer Scholars Program.
"I am excited to join the WRA community," Biehn says. "As I learn about the school, I continue to be impressed by the investment in forward-thinking new curriculum, program and facilities — balanced by the continued commitment to the school’s strong history and traditions. I look forward to joining the admission and executive teams at Reserve and will work to ensure that the composition of the student body is healthy, mission-aligned and sustainable.
Biehn, along with her family and children, recently moved to Hudson, residing on Main Street.