Tracey Dysart Ford named VP for enrollment management at Defiance College

August 5, 2019Tracey Dysart Ford

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Tracey Dysart Ford has been selected as the new vice president for enrollment management at Defiance College. DC President Richanne C. Mankey announced that Ford will assume her role on August 9.

Most of her career was served in enrollment management at small, private colleges in New England, Tennessee, and South Florida. In addition, she has worked in secondary education as a college counselor, marketing director, and principal in Memphis, Tenn.

Ford has volunteered and led various committees to help Memphis area students. She has served as vice chair of the Memphis NACAC national college fair, college camp, and Memphis area case studies. Most recently, she served as the interim vice president for enrollment management at the University of Providence.

"Tracey brings extensive experiences and an infectious enthusiasm to the Defiance College and Defiance communities," commented President Mankey. "Her experience in all aspects of enrollment management, particularly recruiting, retention, marketing, and financial aid, will augment the expertise of her capable colleagues."

An active presenter at regional conferences for SACAC and NEACAC, Ford has built her career achieving enrollment growth in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral admission online and in traditional campus settings. She has chaired and organized retention programs and worked on marketing campaigns at former schools.

Her bachelor's degree was earned at Christian Brothers University in Memphis and her MBA at Bethel University. She is married to her husband of fourteen years, Gary Wyatt Ford, who is a native of Memphis.

Chartered in 1850, Defiance College is an independent, liberal arts-based institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The College is guided by the four pillars of its mission: To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve. The College website is