May 7, 2004

Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

Cindy Derritt named 10th university registrar in KU history

LAWRENCE -- Cindy Derritt, who has served as interim university registrar at the University of Kansas since September 2003, has been named university registrar, Vice Provost for Student Success Marlesa Roney announced today. Derritt becomes the first female registrar at KU.

"I look forward to continuing to serve the university community in my new role," Derritt said. "The Office of the University Registrar at KU has long been respected nationally, and it is an exciting opportunity to be a part of that tradition.

"With new systems now in place, such as the online enrollment system, this is a wonderful time to explore ways our office can enhance the service we provide to students, faculty and staff at the university."

The registrar is responsible for all functions related to enrollment and academic records at KU.

Derritt, a native of Ava, Mo., has been with KU almost continuously since 1988. In addition to serving as interim university registrar, she was associate university registrar for KU from 2001 to 2003. Derritt was registrar at Ottawa University from 1997 to 2001. Before that, she served in other positions in the registrar's office and KU's Office of Student Financial Aid. Derritt has a doctorate in higher education from KU, as well as a bachelor's degree in psychology from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.

"Cindy emerged as the top candidate from a very competitive national field," Roney said. "Her experience as a registrar, her knowledge of KU, her analytical skills and her clear understanding of the registrar's role will serve the university well."

Derritt replaces Richard C. Morrell, who became associate vice provost for student success at KU.

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