Admissions & Records, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs
Began in 1976
Retired in 2010
My career at Sac State started in 1976 as the Systems Coordinator in the Admissions and Records office – back when the power of computers we hold in our hand today were as big as my house. In 1985 I became the Director of Admissions and Records - a position I held until 1999. I then moved into the Student Affairs Vice President’s office to assist in the development of a division-wide technology plan and continue my work in enrollment planning and forecasting. Shortly after the turn of the century, I worked half time for the Student Affairs VP and half time for the Academic Affairs VP to coordinate the campuses move from a self-supported summer term to a state-supported summer term. Shortly thereafter, I moved full-time to the Academic VP division as the Director of Special Programs and Enrollment Analysis – the position I held until my retirement in August, 2009. In my last position I coordinated the campus implementation of and compliance with EO665 (policies governing students who enter the university with skills below college level math and English), worked closely with the college deans on the development of their state-supported summer schedules, and collaborated with the Associate VP for Enrollment Management in Student Affairs, the VP for Academic Affairs, and the college deans to ensure that the university achieved its enrollment goals.
I am most proud of my involvement in three major student systems conversions during my tenure. The first occurred while I was systems coordinator when we moved from a “punch card” data entry process for admissions applications to an online processing system called OMAR (Online Maintenance and Access to Records). This system also included conversion to a new Student Academic History File (SAHF) that enabled us to move to an online academic record. The second major system conversion moved us from our home-grown systems to a more fully integrated student information system by SCT (Systems and Computer Technology) giving us enhanced capabilities such as telephone registration for students (eventually became online registration), electronic access to community college transcripts from major feeder colleges (e.g., Los Rios Community College), and our first foray into on-line self service features for students. Although I did not direct the third major conversion, I was fully engaged in the conversion from SCT to the current CMS (Common Management System) that was mandated by the Chancellors Office. This conversion occurred over a three-year period with a “go live” date of Fall 2007.
My career allowed me to interact with a broad range of faculty, staff and administrators over a 34 year career – something that I will treasure for many years to come as I engage in the activities of the Retirees Association.
In addition to serving on the Retirees Association Board and coordinating all email communication with retirees, I also enjoy playing golf, working as a marshal and starter at Mather Golf Course (for free golf), volunteering for BloodSource as a driver for their delivery vans and assisting at various mobile blood drives, volunteering for the Sacramento Golf Council to conduct about 25 amateur golf tournaments a year, and acting as the “house husband” for my wife Kathy who is still working. Traveling is also something we both enjoy and will do more of when she fully retires in a few years.