Clayton Steen

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing Clayton Steen has been at Empire State College since 2015. He is responsible for the vision and strategic direction for the college’s recruitment, retention, communication and marketing divisions, supporting the college’s mission to remove barriers to education for nontraditional adult students, in both classroom-based and online environments, in regional, state, national and international locations. Steen’s oversight includes regional campus operations, the Office of Veteran and Military Education, as well as the student services information center and initiatives designed to increase student success.

Prior to coming to Empire State College, Steen was assistant vice president for enrollment management at Bowie State University, which included admissions, financial aid and the registrar’s office. Previously, he was senior manager for enrollment performance management for four U.S. and seven international campuses for Laureate Education; director of graduate and professional studies admissions at Stevenson University; and director for advance and MBA programs at D’Yourville College. Additionally, Steen has taught at the University at Albany of the State University of New York and was a long-time instructor of hybrid and online courses at Medaille College, exploring themes of diversity in education.

In the past decade, Steen has made numerous presentations and delivered papers to professional groups and students, including topics such as “The Challenges of Black Masculinity in the Mainstream Society,” “How Student Leadership and Community Engagement Create Positive Change and Active Citizenship” and “Getting into Graduate School.” He is a member and affiliated with a wide range of organizations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, National Association for College Admissions Counseling, National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, Society for Human Resource Management and Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender.

Steen has a Ph.D. in Educational Culture, Policy and Society from the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York; a Master of Science in Education from Medaille College, with a specialization in curriculum reform and redesign; and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University at Buffalo.

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