Published on August 24, 2012 by Philip Poole  

John J. (Jay) Flynn has been hired as Samford University's new registrar effective Sept. 24.

Flynn currently is associate registrar at Radford University in Virginia. His selection follows a national search to replace Paul G. Aucoin, who is retiring Sept. 30 after 15 years at Samford.

Flynn has served in several capacities at Radford since 1994 and has been in the registrar's office since 2008. He also is an adjunct instructor in the history department. In addition, Flynn worked in the public and government sectors before going to Radford.

"We were fortunate to find someone with Jay Flynn's extensive background," said Samford Provost and Executive Vice President J. Bradley Creed. "He has a strong commitment to the mission of private higher education and also has been immersed in the same information technologies that Samford uses. He brings to his new role skills and experience that will be invaluable to the university."

Flynn has a master of arts degree in history from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He also earned a bachelor's degree in history and geography from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va. He has done additional graduate study in geography at Virginia Tech.

Flynn is a member of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officials.

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.