Leslie Sims, registrar at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, was recognized as an Outstanding Contributor to Community College Education. Sims received the award during the 2016 annual conference of the West Virginia Community College held December 7, 2016 at the Advanced Technology Center on the campus of BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston, W.Va.
Sims has worked at WVU Parkersburg for 16 years and began her duties as the college’s registrar in 2008. She has a long and distinguished record of service to the students of West Virginia, going back to her time as a student worker at Glenville State College.
Since joining WVU Parkersburg, Sims has been a leader within the Division of Student Services. In addition to the necessary daily duties of the registrar, which include protecting the records and integrity of the college and maintaining the privacy of the student body, she has improved online self-service for students. The online service give WVU Parkersburg students greater access and flexibility when registering for classes, accessing records, and applying for graduation.
“Leslie’s unique combination of reason, higher education experience and technical knowledge make her a valuable member of our college community,” said Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, president for WVU Parkersburg. “Her vision and commitment to the success of our students is one that should be admired and highly respected.”
Sims leads an ongoing effort of creating a viable online articulation database that allows advisors, professors, current and potential students with the resources to determine how transfer work will be accepted at the college. The database is accessible to users 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world. Additionally, she was one of seven key senior administrators that led the successful implementation of the new one-stop Center for Student Services at WVU Parkesburg.