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Registrar David Short “grew up” at Lamar University

After a busy first semester as Lamar University’s new registrar, David Short is looking forward to overseeing his first commencement ceremony and to continuing to modernize operations for the benefit of LU students.

Short was named registrar in September, replacing Sherry Benoit, who took on the new role of associate vice president of strategic enrollment management. Short previously served Lamar University as assistant registrar from 2009 to 2011 and as a recruiter and admissions representative from 1999 to 2003. From 2003 to 2009, he served as assistant registrar at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

“Lamar is in my blood. I love this school,” Short said. “It’s always been a part of my life.”

Short said he “pretty much grew up on campus.” His family moved to Southeast Texas when he was three so his father, David Short Sr., could take a job as a professor at Lamar University, later retiring from Lamar Institute of Technology.

Short completed his bachelor’s degree in communication at LU in 1997. As registrar, he oversees personnel responsible for maintaining all official records. The office handles all transcripts, registration, grades, catalogs, veterans affairs and graduations. The registrar’s office is part of the strategic enrollment management division.

Short said he was lucky to move into a position with a great team already in place. Moving forward, he hopes to continue to modernize processes and utilize paperless records wherever possible.

“We’re looking at a lot of our processes to see what we can make electronic and what we can do online instead of filling out pieces of paper and pushing those around campus,” Short said.

Short and his staff hope to make students’ access to their records easier and more convenient while also ensuring student privacy and the integrity of required records.

Currently, Short and his staff are preparing for commencement exercises on Dec. 17 and working on registration for the winter mini-session and Spring 2012 semester.

Lamar University’s winter mini-session will run for 14 days from Dec. 15 to Jan. 13 with a holiday break. Spring 2012 classes begin Jan. 18. Current students may view course schedules and register for classes online at under the Self-Service Banner link using their student identification number (L-number) and personal identification number.

New students must apply and be admitted before registering for classes. Students returning after a break in enrollment of one or more regular semesters (fall or spring) must file for readmission by updating their admission application at For information on becoming a student, visit

New students, including those returning after a break in enrollment, also must comply with the state’s new bacterial meningitis vaccination requirement before registering for spring classes. For information on the requirement, go to