FROM THE PRESIDENT
As many of us approach the end of the fiscal year, we are slowly emerging from a national recession that had a significant economic impact on America’s colleges and universities. Cost-cutting measures during the last year have included staff reductions, budget cutbacks, enforced furlough days,
elimination of programs, freezes on travel and professional development, and enrollment
reductions—all with deeply troubling implications on our continuing ability to provide a high-quality education for our students.
Within this context, we are especially proud to report that NASPA is riding out the economic
storm with strong financial and programmatic integrity. NASPA services, publications, and professional development have not wavered. The association’s budget remains fiscally sound, staff
remains motivated, and investment in the future continues. The foresight and professionalism
of the NASPA staff, led by Executive Director Gwen Dungy, and diligent oversight and careful
planning by the national board of directors have shepherded NASPA through the recession.
The board remains committed to providing regular updates of “best practices” that demonstrate
the integration of research and trends and by offering networking and support services to help
members advance their careers.
➤ A Home for NASPA. The ability to purchase, rather than lease, office space has been the
purview of only the strongest professional associations. In April, NASPA purchased the 10th
floor of a new building on K Street, in Washington, D.C., just blocks from Union Station and
the Capitol. This transaction represents a strategic long-term investment decision that supports
member confidence in NASPA and our commitment to the profession.
➤ NASPA/ACPA Consolidation. The Task Force on the Future of Student Affairs,
appointed jointly by ACPA-College Student Educators International and NASPA, issued its
final report on the profession in March before the 2010 NASPA Annual Conference. The report
presents an analysis of societal changes affecting higher education, including social and economic justice, sustainability, globalization, growing demand, expanding technologies, economic
fluctuations, and gaps in attainment and achievement. (See related story, p.1 0.)
The most significant task force recommendation, which has garnered the greatest attention
since the publication of the interim report in July 2009, is that ACPA and NASPA should unify
as one consolidated umbrella association for the profession. Since the interim report was issued,
an ongoing dialogue has been conducted with blogs, a discussion forum on both associations’
websites, e-mail exchanges, a Facebook page, tweets, and discussions at regional conferences and
the NASPA Annual Conference. As this issue of Leadership Exchange goes to press, the work
of the eight subcommittees convened to study aspects of both associations is concluding. We
appreciate the work of the members of the NASPA Board of Directors, who were charged to
explore what might be added, what might be missed, and what might be done differently with a
new umbrella association.
Regardless of the final decision on consolidation, we have learned much that will benefit both
professional associations. We look forward to the continuing deliberations of the NASPA
Board of Directors and the ACPA Board of Governors, who will meet jointly for the first time
in Las Vegas in July.
In the meantime, let us know how NASPA, your association, can be even more effective in
meeting your professional development needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Administrators in Higher Education
Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy
Nancy E. Grund
James E. Scott Academy
James Conneely, Chair
Berenecea Johnson Eanes
Harry Le Grande
Wm. Gregory Sawyer
Renee Barnett Terry
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