Michael West is the executive director for the Shaw University Center for Alternate Programs in Education (CAPE). CAPE is an undergraduate degree completion program designed for busy/working adults. This senior leadership role has administrative and academic oversight for eight Shaw University campuses located across the great state of North Carolina. West is responsible for developing and implementing innovative approaches to increasing brand awareness, enrollment, retention rates, gradation rates, and program outcomes at each of the CAPE campuses.
Prior to this position, West was the inaugural executive director of enrollment management at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (SCS), where he provided leadership in the development of an integrated enrollment management model inclusive of all phases of the student life-cycle (recruitment, admissions, scholarship management and development, retention, and graduation processes). In this senior-level role, West was responsible for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives focused on specific student populations including adult professionals for undergraduate and graduate programs, active military and veterans, professionals seeking nondegree courses and programs, visiting undergraduates, and summer high school students.
West spent nine years serving in three concurrent executive roles at Carthage College (WI): 1) associate vice president for graduate and professional studies; 2) associate director for the Loyola University Chicago EMBA program at Carthage, and; 3) admissions director for the Loyola University Chicago MSW program at Carthage. West has also served as associate vice president for marketing and planning with a higher education consulting firm, Stamats Educational Services Group.
A U.S. Navy veteran, West served as a meteorologist in Alaska, New Zealand, and Antarctica. He initially supported anti-submarine warfare operations in the Aleutian Islands. Later, while stationed in Antarctica and New Zealand, he provided meteorological and ground support to NSF-funded international research efforts by teams of glaciologists from Russia, Germany, and Ohio State University.
West earned an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Alaska; a Bachelor of Arts in human services from Ottawa University; a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago; and a Master of Science in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. West is a 2015 graduate of IHE's executive doctoral program in higher education management.