Campbell Law Registrar Connie Newsome elected vice president of AACRAO

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School Registrar Dr. Connie Shipman Newsome has been elected as vice president-at-large for the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Newsome will serve a three-year term that will begin at the annual conference in April 2022.

“In my new role, I want to collaborate with AACRAO’s various caucuses and special interest groups to have a broader reach in the cities where we annually conference,” Newsome said. “Internally, I hope to assist with strategic planning so the changes we put in place help the organization connect on a deeper level with member schools and present a space for long-term success.” 

AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals, who represent approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Its mission is to provide professional development, guidelines and voluntary standards to be used by higher education officials regarding the best practices in records management, admissions, enrollment management, administrative information technology and student services. AACRAO represents institutions in every part of the higher education community, from large public institutions to small, private liberal arts colleges. 

The association promotes the well-being and advancement of professionals in the higher education community by engaging members in the collaborative pursuit of excellence in admissions, registration and enrollment services. The association provides relevant programs, professional development tools and information resources necessary to chart the course for professional success.

Newsome, who joined the law school in June 2014, brought a wealth of experience in higher education, including registrar services and enrollment into her role at the law school. As registrar, she oversees, manages and coordinates all student records, registration, grade reporting and transcripts. 

In addition to a variety of university administrative roles, Newsome has served as a graduate program liaison and program support associate at East Carolina University, project coordinator for Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County, a consultant to the Washington County Child Advocacy Council, program director for the Bertie County Partnership for Children and adjunct professor at Martin Community College. Newsome holds a B.S. and M.P.A. from East Carolina University. She completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in June 2013. 


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and a dozen years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.