Robert W. Spencer, dean of admissions and records at Brigham Young University, is the 24th recipient in 60 years of the Distinguished Service Award from the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

He was given the highest honor bestowed by the association because of his commitment to improving conditions for others."If one had to choose a word to describe the life of Robert W. Spencer, the word service would stand paramount," said Jeff Tanner, associate dean of admissions and records at BYU. He added that Spencer's contributions have resulted in excellence at the university and in success for many students.

His contributions, which include BYU's touch-tone telephone registration system, have made BYU a leader in university administrative technology. Spencer is also the primary designer of the university's on-line computer records system, which covers admissions, transfer credit evaluation, registration, classroom scheduling, academic records, graduation degree checks and financial aids.

Spencer served on the executive committee of the association for several years in positions such as secretary, vice president, president elect, president and immediate past president. The association includes 400 colleges and universities with 1,300 active members in the western United States and Canada.

Spencer has been on the advisory committees for the American College Testing program and the College Entrance Examination Board and has conducted workshops and lectures for EDUCOM, a not-for-profit education organization.