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trinity welcomes new registrar

In late spring, the Trinity community welcomed Lee Richards as the new registrar following the retirement of Carol Dixon.

Lee, a native of Zion, Illinois, previously served as the registrar, director of Information Technology, and adjunct faculty at the Phoenix Seminary, a multi-denominational seminary located in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Phoenix and is a member of the Episcopal Church. While he continues to discern the possibilities of becoming an Episcopal priest, he views his call to Trinity as an important and vital ministry.

Lee earned his undergraduate degree in classical civilization at Bowling Green State University, where he met his wife, Becca, a native of the Columbus suburb of Worthington. They welcomed their first child, Nathanael, a year ago and appreciate the opportunity to be near family.

“After 11 years at Phoenix Seminary we were open to change,” he said. “To be at an ATS seminary in a denomination I am comfortable with felt providential.”

Unlike Trinity, Phoenix is a commuter seminary. Student housing is non-existent and worship on campus takes place only once or twice a semester.

“One of the things I am most excited about at Trinity is the nature of the community. There is something so special and sweet about the community and the way worship is integrated into the life of the community,” he said.

Lee sees his work as having two central aspects. First and foremost, he will guide students through the process of registering for classes. While academic advising is primarily the role of the faculty at Trinity, the registrar helps students to find a balance between their academic load and their personal life.

“You can be a success in the classroom and fail in other aspects, and that’s not success,” he said.

Second, he will help the faculty and administration “master the data” and use data-driven decisions to guide their academic strategies. Lee is well-versed in information technology and has experience with various academic software programs.

“I think there are tremendous opportunities to serve the students, faculty, and staff through technology,” he said, noting that he already has set aside time each week to spend with Trinity’s director of Information Technology to better use the existing software tools.

Finally, he looks forward to helping Trinity introduce and enhance its online services, such as registration and payment of bills.

“Typically, registrars have a geek component,” he said. “I played with Legos as a child, but they all had to be in order.”

Course Registration Procedures

Registration for each term takes place during specified times set by the Registrar. Degree students should submit registration cards signed by their academic advisor during those time periods. A late fee of $50 is charged for registrations submitted after the registration deadline.

A student who wishes to add or drop a course after the fall or spring term begins may do so up to the deadline date specified in the Academic Calendar. If a course has already met, written permission of the instructor is required. A course may not be added during J-term.

Students may choose to audit courses on a space-available basis. Audited courses do not receive any academic credit but they do appear on transcripts. The student is not required to take examinations and receives no grade. Spouses of full-time degree students may enroll as auditors on a space-available basis for no charge, provided they are not candidates for a seminary degree.

Consortium Courses

The seminary is a member, with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and the Pontifical College Josephinum, of the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus. All courses at each school are open to qualified degree students of the other two seminaries. Trinity students should register with the Trinity registrar for any MTSO or PCJ courses they wish to take.