Chris Dorsten

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University Registrar, Kent State University

Position Statement

Hello, my name is Chris Dorsten, and I am writing to express my interest and enthusiasm for the Nominations and Elections Committee.  I believe that my professional experiences, leadership skills, connection to higher education, and my commitment to the development of AACRAO members make me an excellent candidate.

I am a First-Generation College graduate.  I received two associate degrees from Sinclair Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Park University, a master’s degree from Cleveland State University, and I am pursuing a doctoral degree from Kent State University with an anticipated completion of May 2025. 

I am currently the University Registrar at Kent State University.  I have been with Kent State for the past year and have over twenty-one years of experience in Higher Education.  During my professional career in higher education, I have held positions in an Admissions Office, Registrar Office, College Information Center and have interned in a Financial Aid Office.  Additionally, I have experience working at both the University and Community College levels. 

My work experience has given me familiarity with many of the challenging issues facing higher education today, including accessibility for the underserved, the need for diversity, the rapid advancement of learning technology, the increased demand for distance learning, and the importance of community and alumni support.  I am committed to student success and completion.

Additionally, outside of my traditional work responsibilities I am involved with both OACRAO (Ohio) and AACRAO.  Currently for AACRAO, I serve as a Co-Chair for the LGBTQIA+ Caucus.   I also served as the Chair for the Community College Issues Group.   For OACRAO, I have served as the Vice President of Program, President Elect, President, Past President, Chaired Program committees and have served as Co-Chair for the Local Arrangements Committee.   I have presented at both AACRAO and OACRAO. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my position statement.


Chris Dorsten serves as the University Registrar for Kent State University. He has worked in higher education for the past 20 years and currently serves as the President of OACRAO (Ohio), and co-chair of AACRAO's LGBTQIA Caucus.

Chris has been an active member of AACRAO previously serving as Chair of the Community College Issues Committee for AACRAO as well as presenting at the annual meeting. Chris has two Associate Degrees from Sinclair Community College, Bachelor’s Degree from Park University, and a Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University.