Christine Johnston, Monmouth College's new Registrar
More than anyone, Christine Johnston knows Monmouth College’s incoming class of 2014.
After spending the past year coordinating their recruitment as MC’s dean of admission, Johnston has begun a new role at Monmouth. She recently assumed the duties of registrar, and she performed in her new role during last week’s Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR), helping nearly 400 new students enroll for classes in the fall.
A 1988 Blackburn College graduate, Johnston began working as an assistant regional director of admission for Monmouth in 1999. She rose through the ranks in the admission office, spending the past four years as dean. Under her guidance, Monmouth’s enrollment maintained a steady growth, culminating in last fall’s all-time record of 1,379 students.
“I’m looking forward to working with the students,” said Johnston. “I’ve been on the ‘pre-’ end for so long. Before, I told them what they could expect; now, I’m going to get to work with them on their current experience. I’m looking forward to getting involved in that aspect.”
In addition to helping students register for courses, the registrar’s office maintains students’ academic records and tracks their progress toward their degrees. Johnston said that recent developments in technology have changed the registration process, but she is a big believer in the necessity of the human element, as well.
“Students with questions are encouraged to stop by the registrar’s office in person,” she said. “We hope to see them at least once a year for issues such as declaring a major or applying for their degree. But I’d like to have an even more personalized approach with every student, which would provide the flexibility that is sometimes not present with technology. We want to make sure that technology does not lead to oversights.”
Johnston added that one of her initial charges is to make sure the registration process continues to be as efficient as possible. She plans to do that by paying close attention to the integration of technology and academic advising, as well as the integration of technology and the college’s relatively new curriculum.