The College’s new registrar, Erin Michelle Collins, started in July and comes to Pomona after serving in the same role at California Institute of the Arts. Prior to CalArts, Collins worked in positions of increasing responsibility within admissions and records at the University of La Verne, Victor Valley College and Barstow Community College.
Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from Park University in Missouri and a master’s in psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She arrives at Pomona a century after Charles Tabor Fitts became Pomona’s first full-time registrar in 1921, at a time when enrollment was just over 700 students and The Claremont Colleges consortium was yet to exist.
Today, Collins says, registrars’ work reaches beyond student and academic records management to include running student information systems and providing data that drives policy and improves student success. Most importantly, “a registrar has to be service-oriented, as retention and student success is directly related to how connected a student feels to their institution,” says Collins, “As the registrar, I can directly impact this connection.”