West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Leslie Sims has served the West Virginia University at Parkersburg since 2000 and as the Registrar of the College for the past eight years. She has a long and distinguished record of service to the students of the State of West Virginia, going back to her time as student worker at Glenville State College. Since joining WVU Parkersburg she has been a leader with the Division of Student Services, and in addition to the necessary daily duties of protecting the records and integrity of the college and maintaining the privacy of the student body and their access to student records she has constantly worked to improve the quality of that service. In the past several years alone, she has improved student online self-service to give students greater access and flexibility when registering for class, accessing records, and when applying for graduation, recently adding the option of transcripting graduation without a graduation fee for those students not looking for a full traditional commencement experience. Leslie has lead the effort to create a viable online articulation database for the college that now contains well over 20,000 course comparisons for advisors, students and potential students so that they can determine how transfer work will be accepted at the college 24 hours per day, and seven days per week from anywhere in the world. She was one of the key senior college administrators who recently led the implementation of the new one-stop student service center, and is currently spearheading the development and final implementation of DegreeWorks for our college.
Leslie’s unique combination of reason, higher education experience and technical knowledge have made her an invaluable member of the college’s community. That she is able to do so with humor, grace and the highest level of personal commitment makes her indispensable.
“The motto of West Virginia University at Parkersburg is “Summum Bonum;” translated as, “For the Greatest Good.” Leslie Sims’ career is an example of that motto as her commitment to academic integrity, and to the students of WVU Parkersburg demonstrates her concern for the people and future of the Mid-Ohio Valley region. Leslie has been an integral part of the WVU Parkersburg community since joining the college in February 2000 as the Associate Registrar and being named the Register of the college in 2008. As the Registrar, Leslie has led the college in the competition of core projects, ranging from the interactive and publically available Transfer Articulation Database, to improving student self-service and graduation procedures, and implementing DegreeWorks to ensure that it is accurate and available for students, faculty, and staff to use.
Beginning as a work study in the Records Office at Glenville State College, she completed her Bachelors of Arts in Education in May 1991, and earned her Master in Education degree from Ohio University in 1998. She has served as an Executive Officer and as President of the West Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Prior to WVU Parkersburg, Leslie worked at Glenville State College and Washington State Community College in Marietta, OH. “