Paul Robinson, associate vice provost and university registrar, will serve as interim vice provost for enrollment management in the University of Michigan’s Office of Enrollment Management, effective Aug. 1, subject to Board of Regents approval July 16.

Robinson would follow Kedra Ishop, who on July 1 was named vice president for enrollment management at the University of Southern California. 

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Paul Robinson

Robinson has served as university registrar since 2001. The Office of the Registrar is one of four integrated departments within the Office of Enrollment Management. The others are the offices of undergraduate admissions, financial aid and new student programs.

“Paul has extensive knowledge of each of the functional areas within the OEM,” said Susan Collins, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “He has strong working relationships with key constituencies outside of OEM and across the university, including faculty and academic units.”

As the registrar, Robinson is the chief data steward for student data and student systems at the university, and he supports the administrative and academic needs related to student and course data for all 19 schools and colleges.

In recent years under Robinson’s leadership, the Office of the Registrar has launched a five-year plan to automate transferring academic credits from other institutions to U-M, partnered with other campus units to roll out the Atlas online data tool for helping students make better-informed course selection decisions, and worked with Barnes & Noble College to design and develop a new textbook adoption system.

In addition, Robinson served as special counsel to the provost for enrollment management at UM-Dearborn on an interim basis. During that time, he provided oversight to the offices of the registrar, admissions and orientation, and financial aid and scholarships, and worked to develop an integrated enrollment management team. 

“I look forward to working with the talented and dedicated staff in the Office of Enrollment Management, as well as so many partners throughout the university community,” Robinson said. “Enrollment management plays an important role in supporting and advancing the mission of our university. I am honored by the opportunity to serve in this leadership role and to continue the momentum built through the vision and support of Vice Provost Kedra Ishop.

“While these are challenging times in higher education, there are many opportunities to better serve our students, faculty and other stakeholders through collaboration and a steady focus on institutional priorities.”

Ishop leaves the university six years after being appointed its first associate vice president for enrollment management in 2014. Her title changed to vice provost in 2016. Ishop’s accomplishments include increasing access for lower-income students through strategic initiatives like the Go Blue Guarantee.

Robinson is a board member at the Association of American University Registrars, presents at state and national conferences, and serves on various panels. He has also served as chair or team member in several peer reviews of enrollment services at outside universities.

He previously served as associate registrar and, before joining U-M, worked at the University of Detroit and Wayne State University.

Robinson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration from Wayne State.