Iowa State names registrar


Beardshear Hall in April 2017. Pictured from the east.

Danielle Gehr

Iowa State has named Mark Simpson, the director of enterprise student systems at the University of Utah, as Iowa State’s new registrar, according to Inside Iowa State.

Simpson, who will start May 21, has spent more than 20 years performing university registrar duties and has worked in enrollment and student affairs leadership. He also has experience in modernizing degree, advising and class scheduling systems.

“I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to join the Division of Student Affairs and Iowa State University as your newest university registrar,” Simpson told Inside Iowa State. “The work that you do is truly transformative for our students. I can’t wait to join you as we help each student achieve their educational dreams.”

Inside Iowa State listed Simpson’s core competencies as academic records and registration, enrollment management, recruitment and admissions. They also included financial management, student success, retention and completion, student development and enterprise software solutions. 

“Mark brings with him a unique but critical blend of education administration experience and IT and data management expertise,” said Laura Doering, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success, according to Inside Iowa State. “With his excellent track record of building partnerships across departments, I am confident he will provide the leadership and outreach needed to ensure our faculty, staff, students and external partners work together around strategic enrollment goals.”

As registrar, Simpson will “provide strategic planning, direction and supervision for the registrar’s office,” according to Inside Iowa State.

On top of this, he will support the Veteran’s Center, serve as an NCAA certifying officer and oversee processes related to confidential student records.

Simpson received his bachelor’s in social psychology from Park University as well as his master’s in education leadership from Brigham Young University. He had served as the registrar at Weber State University, assistant registrar at BYU and admissions director at Snow College.