Lander University has named Brian Hamm assistant vice president for Enrollment and Student Success. His duties at Lander include spearheading the university’s initiatives for student retention – the percentage of students who persist in their efforts to earn a degree.

A native of Mint Hill, North Carolina, Hamm joins Lander after serving as director of student success and retention at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, and assistant director of recruitment and retention for Arizona State University in Mesa, Arizona.

Hamm earned a Bachelor of Science in Science Education, a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University, and is working toward a Master of Business Administration in entrepreneurship from Lenoir-Rhyne in August.

While at Lenoir-Rhyne, Hamm collaborated with collegewide departments to improve the retention rate for first-year students by 10 percent, and worked with at-risk students to decrease the number of students on academic probation. He also established communication plans to assist parents and families in supporting students, and taught introductory courses for freshmen and transfer students.

Hamm began his tenure at Arizona State as assistant director of University Housing, providing him with a ground-level view of concerns and issues faced by students. After taking on his recruitment and retention responsibilities, he led and organized initiatives, which focused on students from underrepresented populations.