Larry Lockwood, assistant provost and university registrar, will retire on July 6 after 19 years at the University of Iowa.
Lockwood, who joined the UI in 2002, has been an influential advocate for all students, dedicated to ensuring that systems and processes help streamline students’ progress toward their degree.
“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity over the last 19 years to support the success of so many students,” Lockwood says. “I also feel privileged to have worked with such wonderful colleagues. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together, and of the great work I know they will continue to do on behalf of students.”
Lockwood created the Registrar Service Center in Calvin Hall, which later transitioned into the UI Service Center in University Capitol Center that now provides core services for students in a single location. Other accomplishments under his leadership include the transition of the university’s General Catalog from a lengthy document to an interactive, up-to-date set of web pages—an innovation that has become a model for hundreds of institutions across the country—and his leadership in the development of MAUI, the university’s student information system, which launched in 2013 and continues to evolve to better serve campus needs.
A passionate champion of student veterans, Lockwood has worked to improve the university’s support of veterans from admission through graduation. His efforts have helped provide tuition grants for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, connected veterans having problems with the transition to civilian life with volunteer counselors, created a housing board for veteran-friendly landlords, and increased access to health care and childcare for women veterans. He partnered with others on campus to develop the Distinguished Veteran Award, given annually UI veterans who have distinguished themselves in service to the military, the university, their communities, or the nation.
“The legacy of Larry’s leadership as university registrar will continue to positively impact students on our campus for years to come,” says Tanya Uden-Holman, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College. “In addition to the myriad ways he has contributed to enhancing university systems and supporting students, Larry has emphasized professional development of Registrar’s Office staff—ensuring that going forward we have in place a skilled, collaborative team that shares his focus on student advocacy.”
Julie Fell, executive associate registrar, has been named interim assistant provost and university registrar, effective July 7.