Eugene E. Oliver (1970-1971)
After earning a bachelor's degree in history from Indiana University in 1949, Eugene Oliver began teaching at the University's lab school and completed a master's degree in secondary education. In 1952 Mr. Oliver moved to Illinois and served as teacher, counselor, and principal in Arlington High School while earning a doctorate in educational administration at Northwestern University.
In 1962 Dr. Oliver began as Assistant Dean of Admissions and Records at the University of Illinois. The next 31 years were spent at the university and included time as the Director of Admissions and Records at Urbana-Champaign and director of the office that coordinated admissions, records, financial aid, and school-college relations on the three University of Illinois campuses.
Almost immediately after starting at Urbana-Champaign Dr. Oliver realized the value of IACRAO meetings and workshops and the willingness of members to share information and advice. Dr. Oliver stated, "It was this networking, and the friendliness and support through IACRAO registrars and admissions officers across the state, that I remember most vividly and gratefully." While president of IACRAO, Dr. Oliver was also serving a term as vice-president of AACRAO and went on to serve as president of the national association in 1974-75.
Dr. Oliver wrote about IACRAO in a June 2002 letter, "I am increasingly impressed with the quality of the programs. I am assured of the value of our professional association, and confident that it will continue to play a significant role in the lives and work of Illinois registrars and admission officers."
See also the "Thoughts and Wisdom from a Past President" in the Spring 2004 issue of the IACARO Chronicle