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Michelle RawlingsRawlings named registrar

Michelle Rawlings, who had served as associate registrar at Transylvania, was promoted to registrar effective July 1, filling the vacancy left after Jim Mills’s retirement.
Rawlings was registrar at Sullivan University in Lexington until February 2009, when she came to Transylvania as associate registrar. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky and a master’s in business from Sullivan.

She will be a familiar face to students returning in the fall, as she’s worked closely with hundreds of students for the past three years.

“Just about every student that comes in, I know their face or their name,” she said. “I like knowing that the students know they can come in anytime. They’re not scared of this office.”

Rawlings has her work cut out for her right off the bat, as the inaugural August term is this year, Transylvania added two new majors, and both the registrar’s office and the dean of the college’s office will have new heads. She said she welcomes the challenge.

“There are so many changes going on that it’s going to completely consume me to figure out how to make things work with August term and changes in curriculum, not to mention the changes in staff,” she said. “I love trying to make all the pieces fit. If there’s a problem with a student’s degree audit, I find it to be a fun challenge to figure out how to make it all fit together. It’s a puzzle.”

“Michelle will do great,” Mills said. “She’s very good, especially with the new online registration. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know how we would have gotten by the last few years.”

Rawlings said that the registrar’s office will be the same friendly, helpful place it’s been for years.

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