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Thomas Hanford Chosen as Registrar


SUNY Cortland appointed Thomas W. Hanford of Endicott, N.Y., as registrar on Dec. 21. He had served in the role on an interim basis since July 2011, reporting to Carol Van Der Karr, associate provost for academic affairs.

He was hired following a national search.

As registrar, Hanford provides supervision and leadership for the Registrar’s Office, which maintains historical student records, and oversees the development of tasks associated with academic data in SUNY Cortland’s Banner student information system.

The registrar is responsible for a wide range of internal and external reports involving enrollment data and degree certification. Hanford participates in the development of new policies and the integrity of existing academic policies and serves as the College’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Officer on campus. He also will serve on campus committees and professional organizations relating to his duties.

Hanford previously was the associate registrar since joining the College in August 2010.

He has extensive experience with course planning, classroom scheduling and Banner software, having previously served since 2008 as an assistant director in Binghamton University’s Enrollment Management Division. Hanford was responsible for identifying effective and efficient ways of managing student data and processes. In that capacity, he oversaw the support of the Banner student information systems and provided advanced assistance for faculty, staff, students and community members using features of the system. Hanford trained staff and developed Banner materials for the university’s Information Technology Services and the Technology Training Center.

In 2008, he became assistant director in the Provost’s Office at Binghamton University after serving one year as student systems specialist.

From 2005 to 2007, Hanford was a senior academic advisor in the university’s Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.

He began his career in 2002 as operations manager for three years with Ahold USA Tops in Buffalo, N.Y.

Hanford, who has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Buffalo, also has taught sociology and criminology courses for SUNY Cortland’s Sociology/Anthropology Department as an adjunct instructor since 2005.

A member of the American Sociological Association (ASA), New York State Sociological Association (NYSSA) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), Hanford has presented his research at statewide and national academic conferences.

He served as a course developer and instructor in the Planning for Academic Success course at Binghamton University; adjunct instructor for several courses in his academic discipline at the University at Buffalo and Binghamton University; and instructor at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, N.Y.

Hanford held a graduate assistantship in the General Education Program and was a graduate web developer in the University Libraries Educational Technology Center at the University at Buffalo. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Sociology from SUNY Oswego and University at Buffalo, respectively.

Binghamton University’s Professional Employees Council honored Hanford with a Distinguished Service Award in 2007. He served as group organizer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation “Walk for the Cure” from 2002 to 2005.

He co-chaired SUNY Oswego’s Class of 2000 Alumni Fundraising Committee and served on his alma mater’s Reunion 2010 Committee.

He is married to Amy Hanford, assistant registrar at Binghamton University. They have a son, Michael.