Meet Donnell Wiggins

Donnell Wiggins

Candidate for Board Director

Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management & Dean of Admission
University of Dayton (OH)

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  • Member, 2013-present
  • Guiding the Way to Inclusion: Faculty, 2020-present
  • Professional Development Antiracist Education Institute: Facilitator, 2019-21


  • Member, 2007-present
  • Delegate, 2022-Present
  • Guiding the Way to Inclusion Committee: Member, 2008-13


  • Mason City School Student Achievement Committee 2021- present
  • Montgomery County Ohio College Promise: Board Member, 2020-present
  • National College Access Network (NCAN): Member, 2016-present
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (AACRAO): Member, 2015-present
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio: Member, 2015-present
  • Wilberforce University Cincinnati Alumni Council: Member, 2012- 2019


  • University of Dayton, Dayton, OH: Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission, 2021-present; Assistant Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission, 2020- 21; Assistant Vice President for New Markets, 2016- 20
  • Urbana University, Urbana, OH: Director of Admission, 2015- 16
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH: Director of Alumni Engagement and Programming, 2013- 15
  • Miami University, Oxford, OH: Assistant Director of Recruitment and Urban Outreach, 2012- 13
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH: Admission Counselor; Territory Manager, 2011- 12
  • School of Advertising Art, Kettering, OH: Recruiter, 2009- 11
  • Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH: Lead Resident Director, 2005-07; Admissions Counselor & Campus Visit Coordinator, 2007- 09


  • Ph.D. (to be completed in 2024) University of Dayton, Educational Leadership, Dayton, OH
  • M.S. McKendree University, Higher Education Administrative Services, Lebanon, IL
  • B.S. Wilberforce University, Psychology, Wilberforce, OH


  • Dayton Business Journal Emerging Leader: Recipient, 2021
  • Dayton Business Journal’s 40 under 40: Recipient, 2021
  • Selected for TedX Dayton: Recipient, 2019
  • Emerging Leader for Who’s Who in Cincinnati: Recipient, 2014
  • Emerging Leader for Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati: Recipient, 2013


  • 2022 The Journal of College Admission, Winter Issue: New Student Pathways and Intentional Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion are moving the needle for underrepresented students at University of Dayton.
  • 2022 NACAC Annual Conference: Dialogue matters: Building resilience with difficult conversations at a midwestern PWI.
  • 2022 NACAC Guiding the Way to Inclusion: There’s Politics & There’s “Politics”: Strategies for Leaders of Color.
  • 2022 NACAC Guiding the Way to Inclusion: You Are Called to Lead
  • 2022 Association of Mariansit Universities Symposium: An opportunity for discourse: Catholic Marianist institutions of Higher Learning Impacting the Disadvantaged and Marginalized of Our Society
  • 2019 NACAC Guiding the Way to Inclusion: Just do it: Black Male Leadership in Higher Education
  • 2019 TEDx Talks on Education at TEDx Dayton Salon: YES, YOU CAN
  • 2018 NACAC Guiding the Way to Inclusion: The Evolution of New Markets.
  • 2017 Catholic Diocese Youth in Dayton, Ohio: How to Prepare for College