Gary Hamme, Florida Tech’s vice president for enrollment management, has retired after 13 years in that role. He is now vice president emeritus for enrollment management.
“I have really enjoyed leading the enrollment management team,” he said. “More importantly, I am proud of the team’s recognized accomplishments and quality service to the university’s students, faculty, alumni, employers and administration. I have many happy memories of my associations while at Florida Tech.”
During Hamme’s tenure at Florida Tech, from 2006 to 2019, the university experienced a 59 percent rise in overall Melbourne enrollment, a doubling of undergraduate applications, and a 75-point rise in SAT scores for entering freshmen.
Hamme earned both his bachelor degree in business administration and MBA at Drexel University, an institution that, after a two-year stint as staff account at a Philadelphia firm, would provide his first job in academia. He served as director of graduate placement at Drexel from 1972 to 1974.
He spent the next 11 years at Price Waterhouse before returning to education, this time for good. He spent 15 years at his alma mater, leaving as dean of enrollment and career management. He then worked at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, both in enrollment management, before coming to Florida Tech in 2006.
His retirement party at Florida Tech on Feb. 12 featured remarks from President Dwayne McCay and many well-wishers, including his daughter.
Pictured: Gary Hamme, left, with Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay.