John Papinchak, University Registrar-The HUB - Carnegie Mellon University

John Papinchak, University Registrar

In his role as University Registrar, John Papinchak focuses on student privacy, data stewardship & governance, academic policy, academic calendars and Registrar classrooms. Mr. Papinchak began working at Carnegie Mellon’s Office of Admission in 1984 and in 1988 became an Associate Director of Admission. He served as the Director of Summer Studies from 1986 until 1994. In 1994, Mr. Papinchak became Carnegie Mellon’s University Registrar. He was involved in the re-engineering of Enrollment Services in 1995 and implementing several process improvements including the first Student Information Online (SIO), online registration (OLR) and electronic grades (E-Grades/FIO). He has since been intimately involved in the Student Services Suite (S3) project to modernize SIO and the implementation of My Plaid Student and the current S3 Admin Console.  Mr. Papinchak currently sits on the Associate Deans’ Council, Associate Deans for Graduate Programs and the University Education Council.

Mr. Papinchak received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with an additional major in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1984. In 1990, he earned a Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. He has been active in several professional organizations, including American Association of Universities’ Registrars currently serving as a board member and Treasurer, along with past roles in MSACRAO and AACRAO. Mr. Papinchak is a former Staff Council Representative and former SC Chair. He presently a member of the Carnegie Mellon Admissions Council (CMAC) and the co-sponsor of Carnegie Mellon’s Faculty/Staff blood drives with the Central Blood Bank since 1986. He is also a faculty advisor with Alpha Phi Omega’s Kappa Chapter. He has served as a class representative as part of the Inspire Innovation campaign and an alumni volunteer, having recently been inducted in the Order of The May. Outside of Carnegie Mellon, Mr. Papinchak has been involved as a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, local Little League President and coach, local soccer association President, recreational and travel soccer coach. He remains active as a local soccer referee officiating youth matches. 

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