Aug. 18, 2010
Charles Carson, a former head of academic records at Western Michigan University, died Aug. 13 at his home in Decatur, Mich. He was 80.
Carson was hired as assistant director of the academic records unit in January 1970 and promoted to director six months later. He retired in 1992 after 22 years of service to the University.
As director, Carson managed student recordkeeping related to academics, from enrollment status and grades and transcripts to teaching certification and degree completion. His responsibilities encompassed creating, updating, storing and retrieving those records as well as generating data and reports pertaining to them for the University.
Carson was a member of professional organizations such as the Association of Records Managers and Administrators and the state and national associations of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
In addition, Carson served as president of WMU's Administrative Professional Association in 1978-79, president of the Decatur Board of Education 1975-79 and a member of the Decatur Village Board of Trustees from 1974-76.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, a Master of Theology degree from the Dallas Theological Seminary and engaged in numerous post-graduate studies. Prior to joining WMU's staff, he served as pastor of the Decatur Bible Church for 14 years. Previously, he was a pastor at churches in Arizona and Texas.
Funeral services were held Aug. 17 in the Decatur Bible Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.
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