Posted by Mary Wimberley on 1999-04-30

Paul Aucoin, Dean of Academic Services and Registrar at Samford University, received two top national honors April 18 during the annual meeting of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) in Charlotte, N.C.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award and the Achieving Professional Excellence (APEX) Award. The latter award includes a $5,000 gift to the general scholarship fund at Samford. It was the first time in the 85-year history of the organization that the same person has received both awards.

Also during the meeting, he was elected chair-elect of AACRAO's 1999-2000 Nominations and Elections Committee by vote of the membership.

Dr. Aucoin was cited for his committee work, presentations at conferences and service as editor of the recently revised Academic Record and Transcript Guide. He has led AACRAO in creating and implementing electronic tools which benefit membership communication. He is also editor of AACRAO NetNews and assists with production of Data Dispenser, AACRAO's monthly newsletter.

AACRAO includes 9,000 members from the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe and Asia.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.