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Dartmouth appoints Meredith Braz registrar

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/27/06 • Genevieve Haas • (603) 646-3661

Meredith Horton Braz
Meredith Horton Braz

Meredith Horton Braz, currently Registrar and Administrative Dean for Academic Systems at Bates College, has been appointed Registrar for Dartmouth College, effective Nov. 1, 2006. Carol Folt, dean of the faculty, announced the appointment.

Braz will oversee the Dartmouth Registrar's Office, which provides academic and enrollment services for Dartmouth faculty, students, alumni and staff.

Folt said, "I am very pleased that Meredith has accepted our offer to serve as Dartmouth's next Registrar. As the academic officer responsible for the planning, organization, and record-keeping of instructional activities, she clearly has the depth and breadth of experience to lead the Registrar's Office into the future. The Associate Deans and I look forward to working with her to strengthen the academic services we provide students and faculty."

Braz's appointment follows a nationwide search headed by Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences C. Robertson McClung. McClung, who chaired the search committee which included Chris Strenta, Gary Hutchins, Ginny Hazen, Margaret Funnell, Gail Zimmerman and Lindsay Whaley, said, "The committee is delighted at Meredith's appointment. During her interview, we were all very favorably impressed with the depth of her registrarial experience and with her ability to interact effectively with faculty, students and administrators. We all look forward very much to working with her at Dartmouth." Braz succeeds Registrar Polly Griffin who served as Registrar from 1999 to 2006 when she accepted a position as Registrar for Princeton University. In the interim, the position was filled by Thomas Bickel.

Braz said she was "elated and energized by the prospect of joining the Dartmouth community as Registrar of the College." She added "I was drawn to Dartmouth's commitment to undergraduate education, its talented students, staff and faculty, and its beautiful campus. A registrar enjoys a unique position that is central to the institution, allowing opportunities to be a resource and facilitator of information and change. I look forward to continuing the development of partnerships with the many academic and administrative areas at Dartmouth to offer exceptional service for the constituents of such an outstanding institution."

Braz is a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton , N.Y. and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Smith College. She spent 15 years in the Bates College Registrar's Office, starting as Assistant Registrar in 1991 and progressing to Registrar, Registrar and Director of Student Financial Services and finally Registrar and Administrative Dean for Academic Systems before coming to Dartmouth. Prior to her tenure at Bates, she taught in Massachusetts and Vermont schools. Braz also worked in the Sophia Smith Collection, a Women's History Archive at Smith College, at Williston-Northampton School and at the Yarmouth Historical Society.

She has served as Vice President for Professional Development and Chair of the Nominations Committee for the New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Counselors (NEACRAO). She is currently President-elect of NEACRAO and will assume the office in November. Braz has also served as a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) task force to study the impact of utilizing outsourcing in Registrar and Admissions offices. She also served a three year term on the Small College Issues Committee and is a frequent presenter at the AACRAO national meetings. Braz is recognized as a national expert on topics such as implementing web registration, course proposal and class schedule creation strategies, online course evaluation, merging offices and re-engineering, and developing a campus FERPA tutorial.

Braz will be joined in Hanover by her husband Joe.

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