The registrar at the University of Maryland- Baltimore County (UMBC) has been selected to fill a similar position at West Virginia University , interim Provost E. Jane Martin announced today (May 20).

Steve Robinson, 39, will begin his new duties June 30.

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), an independent record management consulting group, recommended in February that WVU establish a permanent University registrar who would serve as the official custodian of all students’academic records.

The establishment of this position signals the development of a centralized system of records management, Martin said, intended to standardize and strengthen degree-granting practices and policies University-wide.

“We are delighted that Dr. Robinson is joining the WVU family,”Martin said.”We had an exceptionally strong pool of applicants and finalists, but Steves extensive background as a registrar and leader in academic regulations and certification practices stood out. We also felt he was just an all-around good fit for WVU .”

At UMBC , Robinson maintains the accuracy and integrity of the academic records of the institution. Under his guidance, the Office of the Registrar migrated to a new student information system, refined the degree audit and graduation processes to increase efficiency and student service, re-engineered the transcript and documentation ordering process, facilitated the overhaul of the undergraduate catalog and introduced new communication tools to enhance customer service.

A WVU alumnus, he earned a bachelors degree in philosophy and political science and a masters degree in higher education administration in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He also received a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.

Prior to serving as registrar at UMBC , he was associate registrar at the University of Alabama. He also served for a time as director of student services, Office of Nursing, at Alabama as well as coordinator and advisor of student services, College of Nursing, at East Tennessee State University.

He has delivered numerous presentations and workshops on record keeping, enrollment management, change management, FERPA , advising and other related topics.

“I am thrilled to be joining WVU at such an exciting time,”Robinson said.”To return to West Virginia and West Virginia University is an opportunity that I am fortunate to have. I feel like I am coming home.”

He added,”Maintaining the integrity of the University’s academic records is an incredible responsibility, but it is also one that I am honored to accept. I look forward to building upon the significant work that has already been accomplished in implementing the recommendations of the AACRAO task force. We will meet and exceed the gold standard in these matters that WVU expects and deserves.”