SUNY New Paltz appoints college registrar

SUNY New Paltz announces the appointment of Dr. Stella Turk as college registrar after a competitive national search. She will assume her new role on Jan. 22.

Turk currently serves as the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at SUNY New Paltz.

As the college registrar, Stella will provide leadership and direction to the Office of Records and Registration, a central element of the core function of the College and one that has a significant impact on our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

The records and registration team creates the schedule of classes, manages and assigns classrooms, updates, develops and maintains the progress report, and creates and manages the course registration process.

The single most important role of this office and the registrar is creating and maintaining the permanent academic record and ensuring its integrity. This involves receiving and recording grades, matching academic progress with approved major plans, clearing students for graduation, issuing diplomas, and processing transcript requests, all of which must occur in a secure environment.

“Dr. Turk’s diverse expertise working with multiple constituencies across the institution in academic, administrative and service roles brings a wealth of experience to her role as college registrar,” said L. David Eaton, vice president for Enrollment Management.

Since 1994, Turk has held positions of increasing responsibility at the College. She is a faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in audiology and aural rehabilitation, and supervising clinical practica. From 1995-2007, Turk served as director of the Speech and Hearing Center at New Paltz, and held positions as coordinator of the Deaf Studies Program (2010-2013) and coordinator of the Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Communications Disorders (2010-2013).

Commenting on her appointment, Turk said, “I am looking forward to continuing to work with wonderful colleagues, some old and some new, to improve and streamline processes and make information accessible and useful for students, staff and faculty.”

Turk holds a Doctor of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences, a Master of Science degree in Audiology from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and Education, also from Brooklyn College.

She is credited with developing the universal infant screening program at Vassar Brothers Hospital, and her special interests include infant screening, diagnostics and program and curricula development.