Posted: March 6, 2007
Elizabeth Pyle joined the MHC community this semester as the new registrar. Pyle comes to MHC from UMass, where she was university registrar for ten years and implemented a brand-new student system before spending the last two years at home with her infant daughter. Prior to working at UMass, Pyle spent ten years in Stanford University's registrar office in positions of increasing responsibility, leaving as the associate registrar for enrollment services.
Her first taste of higher education administration came while she was an undergraduate at Pomona College, a top liberal arts school in California, where she held student jobs in various offices. "These jobs confirmed my interest in higher education administration and gave me the basic skills and confidence to believe that I would be a good match for this kind of work," Pyle said.
She brings from her past jobs years of experience in dealing with registrar issues, learning and managing new and old software, analyzing business problems and organizing projects to implement their solutions, and working collaboratively with others to resolve problems and implement complex policies.
"We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth to the Mount Holyoke community and the enrollment division," said Jane Brown, vice president for enrollment and college relations. "She was our top choice in a national search that produced a group of exceptionally well qualified candidates. Elizabeth brings tremendous expertise in technology and policy development, as well as a deep commitment to providing top-notch service to our students, faculty, and alumnae. We look forward to her leadership in an office that plays such a central role at the College."
Pyle will use her arrival as a natural moment to pause and take stock of current services, tools, and policies. "I expect to do a lot of listening and asking questions as I learn about the College and explore how we're working now and what could work better," she said.
Pyle said that in coming to Mount Holyoke, she was struck by the warmth of the staff's dedication to the College and to excellence, the eagerness and liveliness of the students, and the intensity with which the faculty see the registrar position as vital.
"I love being back [in a] high-quality liberal arts, small school atmosphere that I enjoyed as a student at Pomona and that got me interested in educational administration in the first place," Pyle said, while noting that one of her challenges will be switching to a small college setting. "I've worked previously at larger universities, and I'm eager to learn in what ways my own work style and assumptions need to be tempered to work well in a different kind of institution."
Pyle lives in Amherst with her husband, Dennis Bowen, enterprise systems analyst in LITS, and their daughter, Audrey.