Rita Dunston

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Registrar at the University of Mary Washington

What a great opportunity to contribute to AACRAO’s leadership. Currently, I am in my thirteenth year serving as the Registrar at the University of Mary Washington. My prior higher education experience includes undergraduate and graduate admissions and TRIO programs. Additionally, my experience encompasses HBCUs, predominately white institutions, and community colleges.  With over 25 years of higher education experience, I am a proven leader who communicates effectively, evaluates information analytically, and promotes inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. These years of experience have allowed participation in AACRAO membership at state, regional, and national associations. As a result of the many years of participation, I have developed a national network of association members who are potential candidates to serve in leadership positions.

Further, as an active member of the associations, I have presented with colleagues from my respective institution, other institutions as well as vendor presentations. The presentations and workshops have consisted of Electronic Exchange of PDF Transcripts (VACRAO, 2014) with National Student Clearinghouse; Implementation of Electronic Transcripts (SACRAO, 2015); We Can Be Social (AACRAO, 2017); Five Dysfunctions of a Team (AACRAO, 2022).

 As a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee, I will work diligently to identify a diverse pool of candidates who possess the characteristics and skills needed to advance the strategic plan and mission of AACRAO. Thank you for your consideration to serve on the Nomination and Elections Committee.