Zina L. Evans
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost
Zina L. Evans is the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost and affiliate Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration in the College of Education at the University of Florida. She received her Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Maryland, Master's degree in Human Development, Counseling and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and Bachelor's degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Evans provides vision, leadership and strategic direction in the development and attainment of enrollment priorities for the University. As UF's chief enrollment officer she oversees the Office of Admissions, the Office of Student Financial Affairs and the Office of the University Registrar.
Dr. Evans has over 20 years' experience in higher education and has worked at such institutions as UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and the University of Maryland. In addition, she held the position of director of research for the National Association for College Admission Counseling where she managed research activities focused on admissions, enrollment management and financial aid for public and private institutions. Dr. Evans also held the position of affiliate assistant professor at the University of Maryland in the College of Education's department of Counseling and Personnel Services. Her interests focus on the issues of access, retention and persistence in higher education.
Her other involvement's have included leadership roles on several state and national boards such as chair of the SAT Advisory Committee, chair of the College Planning Advising Board, chair of the AP Higher Education Advisory Committee, Executive Board member for the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success and Chair of the Florida Higher Education Colloquium. Additionally she has served on the Educational Testing Services TOEFL Advisory Committee, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, the State University System Admission and Registrar Committee, and the National Postsecondary Educational Collaborative.
Tammy L. Aagard
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Tammy Aagard is the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Florida. She has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education. Her experience includes enrollment management areas of admissions, academic advising, graduate school, financial aid, and registrar at the University of Wyoming. She also has experience in athletics at Washington State University.
During her tenure at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Aagard coordinated the implementation of technology to support the academic and administrative functions of the university, including being the functional lead for the implementation of an enterprise-wide student information system.
Dr. Aagard has worked extensively with academic deans and associate deans. She has served on many academic committees including general education visioning and implementation teams for two separate iterations of general education, graduate education task force, university course and curriculum committees, student success and transitions team, and enrollment management council. Tammy has been responsible for the implementation of state and federal regulations regarding financial aid and scholarships.
Dr. Aagard has extensive experience in staff development and has presented on leadership topics at the institution, state, regional and national levels. She also has comprehensive experience in budget management including managing a scholarship portfolio of nearly $40 million.
Dr. Aagard earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, a master's degree in Adult Education, and a bachelor's degree in Zoology all from the University of Wyoming. The focus of her research was on state-funded scholarship programs and academic preparedness. She has a passion for professional development, leadership and working to your strengths.
She has been involved professionally at the regional and national level of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, serving as a president of Rocky Mountain ACRAO as well as on the national Nominations and Elections committee. She is a regular presenter of sessions and workshops at national meetings.
Dr. Aagard has managed a multi-million dollar implementation of a student information system in addition to the implementation of numerous supporting technologies.
Stephen J. Pritz Jr.
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Registrar
Stephen "Steve" Pritz, Jr. has served the University of Florida in various administrative positions for 41 years. He is an honors graduate of the College of Journalism at UF and has 30 years of higher education management experience, including extended consulting engagements with the U.S. Department of Education, the private sector and other major universities.
- Mr. Pritz's professional positions at the University of Florida include:
- More than 13 years of progressively increasing responsibilities in the Office for Student Financial Affairs in various positions including associate director.
- More than 25 years in the Office of the University Registrar, beginning as an associate university registrar. He twice served as interim registrar and currently is the university registrar.
- Currently serves as assistant vice president in the Division of Enrollment Management.
Working with professionals at the institutional, state and federal levels, Mr. Pritz has participated in developing new programs, automated systems, and training hundreds of college and university professionals. His extensive training background has involved professional presentations to a variety of audiences representing college and university personnel and the U.S. Department of Education. He has considerable experience in the conception, creation, and implementation of innovative information technology systems to support the higher educational missions of the University of Florida and the State of Florida. He has worked all of his professional life to assist the university in moving into the upper tier of higher education institutions by helping to create leading-edge infrastructure to support prospective students, enrolled students, staff, faculty, and alumni. His commitment to provide courteous, effective, and timely service to the University community and to exceed their service expectations permeates his daily activities and interactions.
Mr. Pritz has been or currently is a member of various higher education-related associations spanning the financial aid, admissions, student records, institutional ceremony and information technology fields. He has served on or chaired dozens of committees at the federal, state and institutional level impacting many aspects of higher education. Mr. Pritz and his wife, Patrice "Patti" C. Moore, enjoy traveling, sailing and hiking.
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
Aigi Adesogan is an Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. She has more than 19 years of experience in human resource management. Aigi holds a law degree from University of Benin, Nigeria, and the Nigerian Law School.
She leads division-wide policy and practice implementation resulting from federal, state and university directives which impact EM division core operational functions. Aigi also provides direct oversight for the following functions: strategic planning, SACS accreditation and division assessment, budget creation and management, talent management, grievance arbitration, audit and quality control of all core functions, system security management and interface with UF IT security office, development, management and execution responsibility for the Division's Continuity of Operations Plan, emergency preparedness training and drills, professional training activities, Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance and training, and Privacy Office coordination for all Division core functions.
Aigi was the first director of Enrollment Management's business services unit and continues to provide leadership, vision and oversight to this area, as well as communications and publications.
Formerly a practicing attorney in Nigeria, Aigi moved to the United Kingdom where she began a career in human resource management at the Aberystwyth University, Wales. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and has been employed with the University of Florida in various human resource management roles since 2002. She joined the Division of Enrollment Management in 2013.
Director of Admissions Operations
Rick Bryant brings more than 19 years' experience in higher education to his role as Director of Admissions Operations. He has led application processing system upgrades at UF at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Rick began his UF career as an Admissions Officer 1 and progressed in responsibilities through the years, having most recently served as Interim Director of Admissions Operations. In his current role, he oversees application services, technology, residency for new students, data management, as well as transfer, graduate and professional school admissions. He leads a 32-member admissions operations team with the goal of hiring, developing and supporting an innovative and dynamic staff that is prepared to tackle all opportunities inherent in the quickly changing higher education environment.
Rick served two terms on the Gainesville City Commission with an emphasis on after-school programming for at-risk children, small business development and enhanced parks and recreation facilities.
He and his wife, Tracey, obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from UF, and they are the parents of three children, one of whom also is a Gator grad.
Interim Director, Freshman and International Admissions
Chandra A. Mitchell is the interim director of freshman and international admissions and oversees the outreach and recruitment, scholarship and admission efforts of freshman and international applicants. She received her bachelor's degree in public relations from UF and master's degree in higher education from Walden University.
Ms. Mitchell began her professional career in 1982 at UF serving in various positions with IFAS International Programs, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the Office of the University Registrar. She began her admissions career in 1987 as an admissions officer progressing in responsibilities through the years and is currently serving a second tenure as interim director. Ms. Mitchell also brings over 25 years of experience in international admissions to her role. She is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Council of International Schools and International Association for College Admission Counseling.
Ms. Mitchell and her husband, Bernard, have two daughters, Rashima and Simone.
Richard D. "Rick" Wilder
Director of Student Financial Affairs
Richard D. "Rick" Wilder is the Director for Student Financial Affairs and is responsible for developing and leading effective student services and programs. He received his bachelor's degree in management from Georgia Southern University in 1978.
Mr. Wilder came to the University of Florida in 1979 as the bookkeeper for the Institute for Food and Agricultural Services. He then promoted to fiscal assistant in the College of Engineering and by 1981 he was a financial aid counselor in Student Financial Affairs.
In 1983, he served as the director of finance for the Polk County Sheriff's Department. In 1984, he served as Student Financial Affairs' senior accountant. From 1984-1987, he served as Student Financial Affairs' assistant director and from 1987-1988 he was the associate.
Since 1988 he has served as senior associate director of Student Financial Affairs until 2012 when he accepted the position as director.
He has served on the executive board of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and as president of the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He also is a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Mr. Wilder and his wife, Terri, have three sons, Ryan, Russell and Evan.
Director of UF Online Enrollment Services
As director of UF Online Enrollment Services, Mrs. Allen oversees both the UF Online Recruitment and Outreach Center (ROC) and the UF Online OneStop Student Services Center. The ROC provides all direct outreach to prospective students and the OneStop Center provides cross-functional student services to UF Online students and alumni. Both teams work with a high degree of cohesion to ensure UF Online students receive seamless customer service through the entire enrollment cycle.
Mrs. Allen came to UF with experience teaching in the state university system and five years of experience in online higher education. She joined the Division of Enrollment Management in 2014 to launch the UF Online OneStop Center. After the university's strategic decision to bring UF Online recruitment in house, Mrs. Allen launched the Recruitment and Outreach Center in 2016.
A native Floridian, Mrs. Allen received her master's degree in communication from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor's degree in communication studies and psychology from the University of Miami.
She is an analytical, forward-thinker who actively seeks out challenges and learning opportunities in fast-paced working environments. She loves to bring a little humor into the workplace too! In her spare time, Melissa enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with her family, and being active in her church community.