Saint Martin’s University appoints new registrar

March 20, 2012

AlexPhotoLACEY, WASHINGTON—Saint Martin’s University has welcomed Alex Arceneaux, M.Ed., to the role of university registrar. Arceneaux, most recently the interim registrar at the University of New Orleans (UNO), brings a wealth of academic and business world experience to his new position.

Before he was selected for the Saint Martin’s post, Arceneaux served in the Office of the Registrar at UNO, his alma mater, for more than five years. He began his career as a newspaper editor, and then worked as a banker before returning to academe to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UNO.

Arceneaux describes the role of registrar as the custodian of academic records, from monitoring what goes into the university catalog to providing graduates with accurate transcripts. Additionally, the registrar must use technology to effectively guide students through the registration process and to assist faculty and staff with grading and record management. “We are responsible for the protection of student privacy so far as their grades are concerned, as well as assuring the accuracy of information, scheduling classrooms, documenting curriculum changes to the catalog, and many other details relating to maintaining academic records,” Arceneaux explains.

Traditionally the registrar is also the chief marshal of commencement who ensures each senior qualifies to graduate, that all the diplomas are printed correctly, and even that the graduates line up in the right order. Arceneaux says he’s looking forward to Saint Martin’s commencement ceremony coming up May 12: “There’s always a method to the madness. There’s a technique to making commencement work out smoothly.”

Arceneaux and his wife are south Louisiana natives but are looking forward to raising their young son in Washington. “Everyone here, not just on campus, but throughout the community, has been truly welcoming.”

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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