Alumni Short

Registrar Nan Colvin Retires After 40 Years with Law School

Ithaca, NEW YORK, July 26, 2012

On June 5, the 40th anniversary of her start date as a member of the Cornell Law School administration, Registrar Nan Colvin began a phased retirement to be concluded on September 30.

Colvin was hired in 1972 to work in the Admissions office and began a month earlier than planned to work on the Prisoners Project as well. In 1978, after two years in Admissions and four in the office of the Dean of Students, Colvin was hired as Registrar.

“The department has provided endless opportunities, and it has been a pleasure and an honor to work for Cornell Law School,” says Colvin. “I survived 40 years of changes and challenges in the transition and implementation of technology in the records and registration process for students, changes in curriculum and degree requirements, changes in departmental and University administrations, and the community. I leave equipped, well, happy, and excited as I enter retirement and the golden years.”

“Nan was the ultimate problem solver,” says Anne Lukingbeal, Associate Dean and Dean of Students. “If something under her control could be improved, she would do it. If a student needed her help, she made sure that she found the time to supply high quality advice. It will be impossible to replace Nan, and she will be much missed by everyone at the Law School.”

Also retiring this summer is Assistant Registrar Nancy Osborn, who departs after fifteen years with the Law School. In addition to her work as part of a team that continually sought to improve the registrar system, Osborn also served for many years as the editor of Scoops, the Law School’s weekly newsletter.

-- Owen Lubozynski