FROM THE PRESIDENT
As I write my final column as NASPA president, I am energized
and motivated to maintain the spirit I have experienced
during the past year. The enthusiasm of colleagues, students,
friends, and family has inspired a range of initiatives, communications, and professional development opportunities with
compelling results all the way around.
In this issue of Leadership Exchange, you will read about the importance of faculty and staff
collaboration, the role of student affairs in accreditation and assessment, and our responsibilities
in meeting the evolving needs of our students and our staff.
Throughout the year, we have addressed a range of issues that affect the learning process.
Recently, an outstanding group of colleagues synthesized and identified our priorities in
times of crises. (Check the NASPA Web site soon for their report.) NASPA has continued its
work on assessment and accountability with the International Center for Student Success and
Institutional Accountability (ICSSIA) partners. To see our progress, go to www.icssia.org. In
2007, thousands of colleagues participated in NASPA professional development programs
covering topics such as multiculturalism, mental health and alcohol issues, legal challenges,
sustainability, and student learning. All of these initiatives are further evidence of our commit-
ment to serving students and
fellow staff members in the best
possible ways. There is no doubt
There is no doubt that that our work with students is a
powerful influence on their lives
our work with students and their futures.
As we move into the latter
is a powerful influence portion of this decade, we must
continually plan for the future of
on their lives and our profession. What will we and
our successors be doing in the
their futures. 2010s, 2020s, and the 2030s?
Will we have any influence? It is
time to identify ways for senior
student affairs officers around
the globe to come together and
strategically build that future. Our knowledge and experience give us unique perspectives in
understanding the history of the profession and anticipating the future needs of students and
In my previous Leadership Exchange columns, I have noted our changing seasons. Our profession has moved well beyond its spring, yet we are constantly experiencing new growth and
change on our college and university campuses. We must be truly intentional as we plant seeds
in our communities and continue to cultivate the most essential elements of our work. There
have been many landmark events during the past year in both higher education and student
affairs, and we have no reason to believe that those shifts and pressures will diminish. We must
remain focused and deliberate as we create strong, executable strategies to meet the challenges of
the coming decades.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve NASPA, colleagues in student affairs, and our
students. It has been a truly memorable and rewarding experience in every aspect.
Administrators in Higher Education
Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy
Nancy E. Grund
Leah Ewing Ross
Shane T. Carlin
James E. Scott National Academy for
Leadership and Executive Effectiveness
Cynthia Cherrey, Chair
James F. Conneely
Gary L. McGrath
Eliseo “Cheo” Torres
Barry L. Wells
James F. Vick
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