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Registrar candidates to make public presentations

by Cheryl Roland

May 10, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Following a national search, three candidates for the position of registrar at Western Michigan University have been invited to the campus to make public presentations Monday through Thursday, May 16-19.

These candidates will make public presentations from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center on the following days:

A reception for the candidate will follow each of the presentations.

Christine Bedz has been assistant registrar at U of M since 2000 and has administrative responsibility for such areas as residency classifications, records and enrollment, transcripts, certifications and diplomas and tuition and fees units. She also is responsible for regulatory compliance and is a critical incident liaison. Prior to accepting her position at U of M, she was a systems/business applications analyst at Wayne State University, working with that university's student systems implementation. Bedz is a member of both the American and Michigan Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers as well as the CIC Registrars Group of the Higher Education Users Group. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Wayne State in 1978 and 1990, respectively.

Dr. James Tisdale has been in his current role since 2010 and helps colleges and universities identify business processes and solutions to achieve institutional goals. Before that, he worked for 12 years with SunGard Higher Education, managing complex ERO system implementations. His background includes positions with several Colorado community colleges--dean of student services at Otero Junior College in La Junta, director of admissions and records at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, and assistant director of admissions and records at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. He also has been an instructor at the Economics Institute of the University of Colorado-Boulder. Tisdale earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Colorado State University in 1974, 1976 and 1994, respectively.

Melanie J. Hough has been the Ivy Tech registrar for the past four years and is responsible for the integrity of permanent student records, FERPA compliance issues, transcripts and certifications. She also assists in formulation and implementation of academic policy. Hough's background includes: registrar positions at Indiana University-Kokomo and North Carolina's Pfeiffer University; roles as campus administrator and director of student services at Pennsylvania's Mountain State University; and a position as senior program manager in distance education at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She also spent 21 years in accounting, degree completion, distance education and administrative support positions at the University of Findlay. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Findlay in 1994 and 1998, respectively.

The person selected as registrar will replace Barbara McKinney, registrar for the past seven years until her retirement earlier this year.