Following the move to university status, Mount Mercy saw freshman enrollment grow 27 percent and transfer student enrollment grew 26 percent. Baumler implemented strategies to increase recognition of prospective students' academic achievements, including a high school Creative Writing Contest in collaboration with English faculty members, a new honors scholarship program in partnership with Kirkwood Community College, and a reinvigorated Scholarship Day program, which has since doubled in attendance.
Prior to joining the Mount Mercy community, Baumler spent 12 years at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. He has also worked at Iowa State University and The Pennsylvania State University. Baumler holds his M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University, and his B.S. from Iowa State University, and also served in the U.S. Army, where he studied public affairs journalism at the Defense Information School.
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