Tina Falkner

AACRAO Past President


With over 20 years of service to AACRAO, Tina received her B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.  In addition to meeting career demands, Tina found the time and energy to serve whenever called upon, several times taking over leadership positions unexpectedly. She chaired, for at least a single term, nearly every committee of which she was a member, including the Registration and Academic Support Committee (2004-06) and the Nominations and Elections Committee (2007-08) as well as numerous Upper Midwest ACRAO committees. During her tenure on the N & E Committee, she served as President of UMACRAO (2006-07). She was Chair of the AACRAO Annual Meeting Program Committee, shouldering the substantial responsibilities with diligence and dedication, and finally served as AACRAO President in 2019. Tina embraced every aspect of service to AACRAO, answering the call to serve unfailingly and with enthusiasm, be it counting ballots or sharing her professional knowledge.

Nearly every year from 2001 to 2022, Tina gave multiple presentations at each AACRAO/UMACRAO meeting; many of these presentations focusing on FERPA, succession planning, and working with academically at-risk students.  Her astute knowledge of FERPA also led Tina to be one of only three AACRAO members asked to help update The 2010 FERPA Guide, the gold standard for reference when dealing with FERPA questions. Tina also co authored a chapter in AACRAO’s Registrar’s Guide, and has been published in College & University Journal and a handful of other publications and journals.  

Tina received the UMACRAO Exemplary Service Award in 2008 and the AACRAO Thomas A. Bilger Award in 2011. She has enriched AACRAO through her indefatigable service and her hardworking, reliable and gracious attitude has inspired those around her to follow her strong example of leadership. Tina Marie Rovick Falkner, loving wife of 23 years, to Joseph Falkner and daughter of William and Lillian Rovick passed away at home on March 28th, 2022.

In 2022, the AACRAO Board of Directors voted in favor of renaming AACRAO's Engagement Grant to the Tina Falkner Engagement Grant in honor her impact on the Association. The Tina Falkner Engagement Grant supports Tina's diligent efforts to encourage AACRAO members' professional development and sense of community.