Leadership

Two directors and one associate director oversee the activities of the thirteen units in the Student and Enrolment Services Division, which offer student support services and operational support to the entire campus.

Alison Pickrell

Alison Pickrell - Director of Enrolment and Student Affairs

Alison Pickrell has had an extensive career, having spent the last 30 years in post-secondary education administration. She began her career at the University of Saskatchewan, working in various capacities in the former Office of the Registrar and in Student and Enrolment Services Division (SESD).

In 2003 Alison became Registrar at SIAST, and in 2006, she became the Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs at SIAST. She returned to SESD in August 2011 as the Director of Enrolment, excited by the opportunity to enhance our recruitment and admission strategies to more actively engage with our Aboriginal and International student populations.

As a member of SESD’s senior leadership team, Alison provides overall leadership to five units within SESD – Aboriginal Student Centre, Admissions and Transfer Credit, International Student and Study Abroad Centre, Student Health and Counselling Services and Undergraduate Recruitment.

Russell Isinger

Russell Isinger - University Registrar and Director of Student Services

Russell Isinger, BA, MA, joined Student and Enrolment Services Division (SESD) in 2003. Between 2003 and 2009, he served as Coordinator of Registration and Examinations, Manager and Assistant Registrar (Academic), and Co-Manager of Student Central.

In 2009, Russell joined SESD’s senior leadership team as University Registrar and Director of Student Services. As a member of SESD’s senior leadership team, Russell provides leadership to six units within SESD - Awards and Financial Aid, Disability Services for Students, Registrarial Services, Student Central Support Services, Student Employment and Career Centre and Student Information Systems.

Prior to joining SESD, Russell served as a sessional lecturer with the Department of Political Studies, College of Arts and Science, and with St. Thomas More College, as well as a research assistant at the College of Law, and he continues to serve as a Professional Affiliate with the Department of Political Studies.

Sandra Ritchie

Sandra Ritchie - Associate Director

B.A. (Hons.), M.C.Ed., joined the U of S Extension Division (CCDE) in 1994 as the University’s first Coordinator of Support Services for Unclassified/Open Studies Students as well as a distance education course developer and instructor in the Extension Credit Studies unit. In 2006 Open Studies moved to the Student and Enrolment Services Division and Sandra became Manager of the combined Open Studies Advising and Retention Services units. She served as Acting Director of Student Support Services and is currently Manager & Assistant Registrar (Student Central) and Special Advisor to the Registrar.  

Over the years she has taken leadership, research and contributing roles in a variety of projects and initiatives including developing the University’s  Standard of Conduct in Non-Academic Matters, SEM Project, Aboriginal Self-Declaration, Co-Curricular Transcripts, Designated Learning Institution Strategy Team,  the Advising Council and is Chair of the Financial Appeals Review Committee.  

As the Acting Associate Director, she has responsibility for the Strategic and Operational Services unit, which provides support to SESD units in the areas of assessment, communication, finance, planning, program development and reporting.