Dear students, faculty, and staff,

I’m excited to announce that Forrest Stuart, our Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management, has agreed to take on this leadership role permanently.

Forrest Stuart headshotForrest joined the Lafayette community in 2019 as our Assistant Vice President for Financial Aid. His 30-plus years in the field include previous service as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid at Furman University from 2008-2018 and Director of Financial Aid at Rhodes College from 2000-08. He holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Clemson University, concentrating in higher education; a master of art’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Alabama; and a bachelor of art’s degree in human resources management from Birmingham-Southern College.

Since taking on the enrollment management role last spring, Forrest has led a very successful enrollment season for the Class of 2026 and is experiencing further success in the early decision process for the Class of 2027.

With his extensive senior-level experience in higher education, particularly in admissions and financial aid, Forrest has provided invaluable expertise and perspective to my leadership team since joining us last spring as well as developing strong relationships with our faculty. Forrest and I also visited several high schools together where he made meaningful connections with students, counselors, and parents regarding our deep commitment to academic and inclusive excellence. I am thrilled he has agreed to serve as our Vice President of Enrollment Management and look forward to his continued positive impact on our community and Lafayette’s success recruiting, enrolling, and retaining outstanding classes of new students. Please join me in congratulating him.

To great things ahead,

President Nicole Hurd


  1. Sheri S. Salmon says:

    Could not be happier for you my friend! So we’ll deserved. Congratulations to you!!

  2. Rusty Howell says:

    Well deserved, Forrest! Congratulations!

  3. Bryan Erslan says:

    Congratulations Forrest, I am sure you are very deserving of this position!

  4. P. Scott Murner says:

    Congratulations on this promotion. I look forward to your continued success!

  5. Greg MacDonald says:

    Congratulations, Forrest. Victoria and I are very happy for you and Pam.

  6. Kimbell says:

    Forrest, I’ve known you since 1st grade and always knew you’d be successful. I know both of your fabulous parents would be over the moon as I know your family is. I am thrilled for you. The young people you’ll have a continued positive impact on is immeasurable. Congratulations my friend.

  7. April Cain says:

    Forrest, I am so incredibly happy for you! You are such a hard worker and your dedication has helped so many! Congratulations on this accomplishment and your future! May God continue to bless you and many others through your work. 😊

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