WMU News

New registrar and financial aid director appointed

Dec. 9, 2004

KALAMAZOO--A veteran staff member at Western Michigan University will take the reins of WMU's Registrar's Office, while the financial aid operations will be led by a new hire with experience at several Midwest institutions.

Barbara McKinney, a staff member since 1986 who is currently serving in the position on an interim basis, has been appointed as the new registrar, effective Dec. 6. Mark Delorey, director of financial aid at Northern Michigan University, has been named director of student financial aid and scholarships. Delorey's appointment is effective Feb. 5.

"These are both wonderful additions to our staff who will have a positive effect on our commitment to provide top-notch service to our students in two important areas," says Dr. Linda Delene, WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Barbara McKinney brings to the job of registrar a wonderful knowledge of our curricula, our people and our scheduling procedures. Mark Delorey comes to us with a terrific track record of service and success in increasing the levels of financial aid he was able to secure at his previous institutions. Both of these individuals are also extremely knowledgeable about the capabilities of our new student information system."

McKinney has been the interim registrar since September, when she was tapped to replace Susan O'Flaherty, executive director of student services, whose job included serving as both registrar and director of financial aid.

McKinney served for 18 years--from 1986 to 2004--as assistant to the chairperson of WMU's Department of Mathematics. In that capacity, she was responsible for scheduling and staffing departmental courses, advising students, managing office staff and providing policy support. She also taught undergraduate courses in calculus and statistics.

In early 2004, she became a project assistant on WMU's new student information system rollout and had responsibility for user training materials and training sessions. She held that position until being selected as interim registrar.

McKinney earned a bachelor's degree in 1976 from Hope College and a master's degree from WMU in 1979.

Delorey has served as Northern Michigan's financial aid chief since 2001. Prior to taking the NMU position, he held similar positions at the University of Michgan-Flint, GMI Engineering and Management Institute in Flint and the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind. He began his financial aid career at Kalamazoo College, where he served as assistant director of financial aid from 1983 to 1985.

At both NMU and U of M-Flint, Delorey had responsibility for managing the implementation the SCT-Banner software, the same type WMU currently is implementing to manage and integrate its student information, financial aid, registration, billing and student communication activities.

Currently serving as financial aid chair of the Midwest Region of the College Board, Delorey also is a past president of the Michigan Financial Aid Association. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and an MBA from the University of Saint Francis in 1989.

Both appointments will be brought to the WMU Board of Trustees for approval at the board's Dec. 10 meeting.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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