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Friday, June 20, 2008

Sharon Kissick is named registrar for UNCP

Sharon S. Kissick has joined The University of North Carolina at Pembroke as registrar.

Sharon KissickKissick comes to UNCP after 11 years working and studying abroad and she said she is happy to be home.

“I have not renewed my passport,” said Kissick, who grew up in Cary, N.C.
She joined UNCP in May and leads a staff of 11 whose primary mission is to maintain vital student records.

She reports to Dr. William Gash, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

“We are very pleased and fortunate to have Sharon join our team here at UNCP.   Her expertise and experience as a registrar with the University of Maryland will be valuable in evaluating our operation from an outside perspective,” Dr. Gash said. “It is a pleasure to welcome Sharon to UNCP. She is a great addition to the campus.”

Kissick’s last appointment was a four-year stint as registrar for the University of Maryland (U.M.) University College in Heidelberg, Germany. She supervised a staff of up to 17 employees, serving primarily members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

While in Europe, Kissick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from University of Maryland University College and a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from University of Oklahoma.

At UNCP, Kissick has found some very familiar things.

“I was a member of the implementation team for the online student data management information system,” she said. “It’s very similar to Banner.”

UNCP’s Banner software conversion was completed about a year ago in the Registrar’s Office, yet there is much to be accomplished, Kissick said.

“With Banner up for a year, one goal this summer is to further cross train staff members in the office,” she said. “We are also working closely with UCIS (University Computing and Information Services) to make Banner work even more effectively for us and our students.”

The new registrar found UNCP “as advertised” – small classes, experiential learning and engaging faculty.

“The Web site advertises ‘education with a personal touch,’ and in informal visits with students and faculty, that’s what I’ve found,” Kissick said. “The town is friendly too.”

In an apartment for two years in Germany, Kissick said she never met her neighbors. On her first day in Pembroke, a neighbor drove into her yard to welcome her to the neighborhood.

The atmosphere is infectious.

“It’s so important for this office in this community to reach out to students,” Kissick said. “If I had known about Pembroke, this is where I would have come to college.”

Kissick’s journey in higher education was a long one.

“Stationed in Germany, I thought school was on hold, until I learned about Maryland’s program,” she said. “In England for only one month, I was offered a job monitoring a computer lab.”

On the front lines of student relations at UNCP, Kissick is pushing for better service with more online transactions and “one-stop” service so more transactions can be completed more conveniently.

“Banner has reduced traffic in this office by half,” she said. “Our mission is to help students.”

Kissick said she will spend her first summer on campus meeting as many people as possible.

“I am making contacts with deans and department chairs across campus to discuss how the Registrar’s Office may support their academic missions,” Kissick concluded.

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