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Kaopuiki joins Manchester as vice president for enrollment, marketing

Ryon KaopuikiManchester University has named Ryon Kaopuiki vice president for enrollment and marketing.

“This is clearly a community that cares deeply about the success of their students and I admire the important strategic decisions being made with an eye toward the future. My interest in joining the team at Manchester University grew the more I interacted and engaged with staff and faculty,” he said. “I am humbled to be joining the team and excited about the opportunity to contribute to the legacy of Manchester University.”

Kaopuiki brings more than 20 years of experience in admissions and enrollment management, most recently as vice president for enrollment and marketing at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. He began Jan. 7.

A graduate of Western Oregon University, Kaopuiki also worked for Concordia University, DeVry University and American Intercontinental University in Oregon; Salem International University in Carmel, Ind.;  and Harrison College in Indianapolis. 

In those roles, he established a record of enrollment growth and innovative leadership.

“Ryon stood out in a strong pool of applicants because of his experience across traditional, adult and online markets,” said President Dave McFadden. “He said he was drawn to our mission, and I was drawn to his strategic approach to recruiting.”

Manchester is working to expand its reach to nontraditional students and add more online offerings. It is also adding and redesigning programs. A data science major will start this fall, for example, and faculty are working to revamp the Spanish, sociology and mathematics majors with added emphasis on practical applications.

The University with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., is also seeking accreditation for a bachelor’s degree in nursing as well as a master’s degree in nutrition and nutrigenomics. This fall it launched a 3+1 Master of Accountancy, which allows a student to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years.

About Manchester
With campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of academic study to 1,400 students in undergraduate programs,a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Science in pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

Our mission
Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

January 2020