Melissa Trifiletti named Vice President for Enrollment and Access

Vice President for Enrollment and Access Melissa Trifiletti (click to enlarge)

Melissa Trifiletti, CSU’s director of admissions, has been named the new Vice President for Enrollment and Access.

Trifiletti replaces Robin Brown, who has served as the university’s first Vice President for Enrollment and Access since 2006. Brown is retiring in June.

As the vice president of the division, Trifiletti will oversee Admissions, the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment, the Access Center and the Registrar’s Office.

“We are delighted that such a valued campus leader and accomplished enrollment professional will be taking on the vice president role at this time,” said CSU Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda. “Robin Brown has set a high standard, and I have every bit of confidence that Melissa Trifiletti will take the Division of Enrollment and Access to the next level of achievement.  The impact of the division touches every part of our university’s mission, and the entire institution is going to benefit greatly from outstanding initiatives in the realm of enrollment and access.”

Historic gains in diversity, transfer students and enrollment

Trifiletti has been director of admissions since March 2014. Under the tenure of both Brown and Trifiletti, the university has seen historic gains in diversity, transfer students and overall enrollment. In 2016, the university saw milestone numbers with the largest freshman class, number of transfers, and overall enrollment at 33,198 students.

“I am honored and thrilled to serve as the next Vice President for Enrollment and Access at CSU,” said Trifiletti.  “I love our land-grant mission, which focuses on access and student success, and I’m excited to begin working with the entire university to develop a strategic enrollment management plan. This campus community understands and appreciates the student experience and being able to work with such extraordinary colleagues is a dream come true.”

Before joining CSU’s Enrollment and Access team, Trifiletti was the executive director for admissions and new student programs at Portland State University in Oregon. Trifiletti started her career in higher education at Emory University in Atlanta, where she held several different roles in Campus Life, finally landing at Emory’s Goizueta Business School where she worked in student services, recruitment and admissions.

Proud first-generation graduate

Trifiletti grew up in Ohio and attended Baldwin-Wallace College. She is a proud first-generation college graduate. After completing her undergraduate degree, she attended graduate school at Miami University and began working in higher education. Trifiletti enjoys working in CSU’s Division of Enrollment and Access because of the focus on student success.

“Helping students find the right institutional fit, and working to remove barriers so students can reach their academic and career goals, is the best job in the world,” said Trifiletti.

Trifiletti appreciates living in Colorado because when not at work, she enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and just about anything that has to do with playing in the outdoors.