Davis leaves Utah State to become Kent State’s new university registrar

Dana Rader

Glenn Davis, currently the registrar at Utah State, will start at Kent State as the new registrar Aug. 1.

Chuck Rickard, associate vice president for enrollment services, said Davis came highly recommended from Utah State.

“Glenn really came to us with a wealth of experience as registrar,” Rickard said. “And he was highly thought of at his other institutions and his letters of recommendations were outstanding.”

Davis was also positioned as registrar at the College of Wooster for 14 years before he moved to Utah, where he was employed at Utah State for four years. Davis said he applied to Kent State because he wanted to move back to Ohio.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to return to Ohio,” Davis said. “I am very excited about the opportunity of working with colleagues on the main campus and the southern region campuses as well.”

A university registrar is responsible for the academic record, enrollment process, enrollment certification, final degree audit, graduation certification and preparing diplomas for commencement. Davis said the registrar is considered to be the certifying official for the university.

Davis will also bring a wide range of experience in delivering online services to students. At Utah State, Davis served as team leader for student system modules in the university’s conversion to Sungard/SCT Banner’s Enterprise Resources Planning, the system currently being developed at Kent State.

Davis has a MBA in Management from Georgia College and has been actively involved in professional associations, including the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, while at Wooster. He served as president for the association for one year. Davis said he plans to rejoin the Ohio Association upon his return.

Davis will remain on the payroll at Utah State until July 31, but plans to move back to Wooster on July 24. For now, he will live in Wooster while working as registrar for Kent State.

He will replace Susan Cole, who has served as interim university registrar since Sept. 1. Cole will return to her previous position as associate university registrar.

Rickard said the university committee appointed Davis following a several-month-long national search process. He was chosen out of more than 20 other applicants.

“We have had an excellent search committee made up of faculty and staff, and they did a thorough search,” Rickard said. “They did an excellent job and we are just pleased with Mr. Davis’ appointment as university registrar.”

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