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New leadership in Registrar's Office

Amanda Steele-Middleton named UD registrar

Amanda Steele-Middleton, previously registrar at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, has been named the University of Delaware’s new registrar, effective Feb. 1.

She succeeds Jeff Palmer, who is retiring after a 42-year career at UD that began when he was an undergraduate student assistant in the Registrar’s Office. Over the years, he has held a number of positions in the office, serving as registrar since 2010.

Amanda Steele-Middleton
Amanda Steele-Middleton has been named University registrar.

Steele-Middleton has nearly 15 years of experience as a university registrar in both public and private, small and large universities.

In making the announcement, Rodney Morrison, UD’s vice president of enrollment management, said, “I couldn’t be more thrilled that Amanda will be joining the UD family as our next registrar. We knew that after 42 years of service, replacing Jeff Palmer would be a tremendous challenge. These are big shoes to fill, and I am confident Amanda is more than up for the task. She is a data driven, problem-solver who possesses strong leadership qualities. I would also like to thank the search committee for doing such a wonderful job.”

In addition to Wright State University, Steele-Middleton has held positions at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. In her previous roles, she streamlined and improved a wide range of academic and administrative processes, including transcript fulfillment, degree planning, course and program approval, and registration procedures.

Matthew Poslusny, senior vice president and provost at Meredith College, described her as “the perfect combination of someone who would uphold the rules and regulations but would try to have flexibility in situations if possible.”

Ayse Sahin, professor of mathematics and statistics at Wright State University, described Steele-Middleton as “unflappable,” noting that she has an innate ability to handle any crisis and calm down any faculty member or student. Commenting on her leadership skills, Sahin described Steele-Middleton as someone who listens and is well respected, building a team that is happy to work for her.

Steele-Middleton earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and a master of business administration degree, both from Wright State University.

A self-described data nerd, she has a deep commitment to collaborating to improve systems that enhance the academic experience and help students meet degree attainment goals. She has been very involved professionally at both the state and national level and serves on professional committees with a commitment to further development for registrar professionals.

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