The Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers has received a national award for a presentation on "Records Fraud and Misrepresentation" which Lorinda Bishop, Registrar at Owens Community College, helped to design and coordinate.
This award of "Best State/Regional Professional Activity of the Year" was presented by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
"I am very honored to receive this award from my peers," Bishop said. "I firmly believe this issue of records fraud and misrepresentation is one that needs to be recognized and I was glad to be a part of this project to educate others about it."
She explained that this problem is being undertaken by the Ohio legislature as it works on records fraud legislation with colleges and universities in mind.
"This issue needs to reach into every level on campus and in the community, not to create anxiety and suspicion, but awareness of what could occur, and how best to prevent fraud from happening in the future," Bishop said.
Bishop has been the Registrar at Owens Community College since 1987. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in higher education administration from Eastern Michigan University.
As a member of the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers for 10 years, Bishop coordinated the records fraud workshops, produced the manuals and made presentations at the workshops, which were offered in Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. The manual included samples of fraud from across the state and materials supplied by the Ohio legislature on the proposed law.
Bishop and her husband, David, live in Findlay with their two sons, Addison and Anderson.