Pontus Niklasson appointed registrar at Alfred University
Alfred University | 6/05/19
Pontus Niklasson has been appointed registrar at Alfred University, effective July 1. Niklasson takes over for Larry Casey, who is retiring after serving nearly 25 years as registrar.
ALFRED, NY – Pontus Niklasson has been appointed registrar at Alfred University, effective July 1. Niklasson takes over for Larry Casey, who is retiring after serving nearly 25 years as registrar.
Niklasson comes to Alfred University from the University of Washington School of Law, where he has served as assistant dean for Academic Services and registrar since 2009. He said he was attracted to Alfred University’s commitment to student success and achievement and the campus’s friendly and intimate atmosphere.
“The idea of coming to a small university with a student-centered mission appealed to me,” Niklasson commented. “There is a caring that is communicated (at Alfred). It is such a close-knit community.”
Niklasson was registrar at the University of Chicago Law School from 2005-09. He also served in the Office of Career Services at the University of Chicago Law School from 1999-2005, first as office coordinator (1999-2005) and then as assistant director for International Career Outreach (2005). Having spent nearly two decades in a law school setting, at large institutions, Niklasson is looking forward to beginning in his new position at Alfred University.
“The job of a law school registrar is a rare one,” he said. “The question is, what do you do next? The position of university registrar is the one that appeals most. I’m very excited for the opportunity.”
A native of Sweden, Niklasson came to the United States for his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University near Chicago. After earning a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Northwestern in 1994, Niklasson attended the University at Buffalo, earning a master’s degree in anthropology in 1999. While in graduate school, he met his wife, Kate, a Buffalo-area native. “Part of the reason that led us to make the move (back to New York) was to be closer to family,” he said.
W. Richard Stephens, Alfred University provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, lauded Casey for this service and welcomed Niklasson to Alfred.
“When you think about replacing 25 years of consummate service, in the life and work of Larry Casey, it is a daunting challenge,” Stephens said. “While I don’t want to weigh him down with unreasonable expectations, it was clearly the case that we believed Pontus is up to the task.”
Niklasson has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Network of Law School Offices since 2010 and is also a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.