Chapter 1

1919 - 1943

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Chapter 1

1919 - 1943

1918

The seed of NASPA is planted

The idea of a gathering of deans of men is first documented.

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1919

The first gathering occurs

The first six Deans come together.

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1919

NASPA gets its first name

These notes from the first meeting reflected agreement on a name for the new group.

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1920

Fred Turner's first meeting

Fred H  Turner 1958 1959

A future president of NASPA joins the group.

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1920

Stanley Coulter's first meeting

Stanley Coulter 1922 1923

Stanley Coulter joins the group.

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1920

Topics for the second meeting

Some of the topics of concern are not so far from those we discuss today.

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1920

First mention of NASPA in the news

This may be the first mention of the founding NASPA group making the news

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1921

Structure of early meetings

The early gatherings were broken into “sessions”.  Each session had two different attendees present on two different topics with open discussions after each one.  …

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1922

Development of office of Dean of Men

Dean Clark explores why "deans" were established.

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1922

1922 meeting notes

The Roster of the 1922 meeting lists not only their institution and name but also their academic department and their fraternity. Of the 19, only 4 were not Greek.…

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1923

The Fifth Annual Conference is held

In this meeting, the members first discussed the possibility of having "regional" meetings to cut down on the expense and time of traveling to the national conference each year. …

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1923

Welcome by Dr. Elliott to annual conference

In these words offered in a welcoming statement by Purdue President Dr. Elliott, for the 1923 meeting, he sets the stage for the profession that would be student affairs.

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1924

The 6th Annual Conference discusses familiar themes

The 1924 conference was the first to include Assistant Deans, and covered themes that will be familiar to today's professionals.

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1925

The 1925 Conference brings the first research to the fore

The first research paper to be considered by the group was focused on establishing data around exactly how many offices of Dean of Men there were and what duties were required of them.

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1926

First woman attends NADAM meeting

2 4 8 Dean Of Women Anne Blitz

Anne D. Blitz of the University of Minnesota was the first woman to attend a NADAM meeting, as the guest of the host dean, E. E. Nicholson. Ms. Blitz was the Dean of Women.…

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1927

Dues are adopted

At the 9th annual meeting in Atlanta, the group agreed to impose $10 annual dues for all members. …

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1927

Stanley Coulter reflects on his duties

Stanley Coulter 1922 1923

At the 10th annual conference, we hear from Dean Coulter on how he learned of his own job duties as a Dean of Men.

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1929

NADAM becomes official organization name

The Conference of Deans and Advisers of Men adopts an official organizational name.

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1930

The first committee is established

A "committee on policy" was established to discuss the needs and future of the National Association, as it had previously been a small, informal organization.…

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1930

First meeting of the wives of the deans

With full support from the current president, the wives began holding discussion groups of their own during the annual conference.

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1930

The strawberry conference is held

The association is compelled by a promise of strawberries to hold their annual gather in Arkansas.

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1932

NADAM adopts a constitution

First Constitution

The first constitution clarified membership requirements for the association.

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1932

Institutional membership begins

With the adoption of a new constitution, institutional membership is formalized.

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1932

NADAM's produces its first publication

NADAM/NASPA’s first publication, The Counselor, makes a brief appearance, to be followed by many calls for publications.…

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1933

Defining Dean or Adviser of Men

The Association adopts an official definition for its members.

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1933

NADAM considers the international arena

The challenge of assisting international students is brought forward.

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1934

NADAM gets a little colorful

1934 Newsletter

This is one of the earliest pieces we have that includes color - the cover of the 1934 newsletter. …

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1935

First image of an annual conference

1935 Conference

This is the first image available of a NADAM annual conference. …

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1936

NADAM creates its first "paid" position

At the 1936 conference, the members approved an honorarium of $100 for Secretary Fred Turner.…

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1937

The first hints of the future for deans of men

At the 19th NADAM Annual Conference, W.H. Cowley delivered a speech titled “The Disappearing Dean of Men,” in which he predicted the emergence of the “dean of students” as the central officer of the future in student affairs.…

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1937

A seminal document is published

The Student Personnel Point of View is published by the American Council on Education.…

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1937

The first registration fee is instituted

Each member institution is charged $1 for conference attendance, regardless of the number of attendees, per NADAM Executive Committee Minutes, April 1937…

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1942

World War II dominates the conversation

NADAM moves to notify Secretary of Navy and Secretary of War offering services both as an association and individually. NADAM Executive Committee Minutes, April 25, 1942…

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1943

Membership reaches all-time high

Membership reaches all time high of 113. Report of Secretary, Executive Minutes, April 15, 1944…

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Chapter 2

1944 - 1968

1945

1945 annual conference cancelled due to war

Though efforts were made to meet, the conference was not permitted to proceed.

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1945

Scott Goodnight retires

1946

Placement Services informally began

“The Unofficial Placement Service of NADAM” Fred Turner notes that he currently has a file with 40 members seeking jobs. He started this in 1945 when the group wasn't permitted to meet. Executive Committee Minutes, April 27, 1946…

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1947

NADAM votes not to affiliate with the Council of Guidance & Personnel Associations

NADAM was invited to affiliate with the Council of Guidance & Personnel Associations. The Executive Committee voted to stay unaffiliated, in part because of institutional rather than individual dues structure. Executive Committee Minutes, April 20, 1947…

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1948

First consideration of NADAM name change

At the meeting on March 22, 1948, a proposed name change was discussed. The members discussed “the need for a title which more nearly describes the duties of the members.” None of the five proposed name changes included the word "men." In a vote, 23 agreed that the name should…

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1948

First proposal to combine with ACPA

At this annual conference, the group discussed joining with ACPA.  Eighty-two voted to continue independently. Six voted to join.…

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1949

Conference attendence exceeds 200

1949

Student Personnel Point of View is revised

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Revision of “The Student Personnel Point of View” emphasizing democracy, international understanding and cooperation, (a response to World War II) was published.…

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1950

Breakout sessions are introduced to the annual conference

For one session of conference, five “sections” were identified based on institution type and interests and attendees could choose from different options. …

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1950

First non-continental institution joins

University of Puerto Rico becomes first member outside of the continental U.S. Executive Committee Minutes, March 17, 1950…

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1951

Fee instituted for placement services

NADAM begins charging $3 for use of placement service. Executive Committee Minutes, March 31, 1951…

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1951

NADAM changes its name to NASPA

In 1951, during the 33rd annual conference, president Dean Wesley Lloyd announced the association’s name change, from NADAM to NASPA.  NADAM was decleared dead at 4:30pm March 30, 1951. …

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1951

NADAM takes out a loan

NADAM had $800 in its coffers and conference expenses were estimated at $1,800 by Secretary-Treasurer Turner. The Executive Committee voted to take a loan from a bank to cover the costs. …

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1951

Commissions established to focus on organization issues

Five Commissions were established to deal with ongoing issues, reaching eight by 1959. The committees were Professional Relationships, Principles and Professional Ethics, Development and Training of Student Personnel Administrators, Program Evaluation, and Relations with Behavioral Sciences.…

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1952

First HBCU joins NASPA

Howard University joins NASPA as the first HBCU member institution. …

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1952

NASPA adopts its principles

First Statement Of Principle 1953

Expressing the belief that education "encompasses the student's whole development"

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1953

First conference theme

The theme for 1953’s annual conference was “Working Administrative Relationships on the campus”.…

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1954

Placement Services formalized

As a result of Fred Turner choosing to step back from this task, the Association asked Dean Arno Nowotny from UT-Austin to serve as NASPA Placement Officer.…

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1956

Non-members pay a higher rate for the conference

Membership has it's privileges

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1957

The role of conference chair is proposed

The proposal that was put forth and approved created the role of the Conference Chairman.  The Chair would need to be nominated by the Committee on Nominations and Place, elected by the members and serve a 3-year term. …

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1958

Funding is secured for regional conferences

The commission on the Development and Training of Student Personnel Administrators received $40,000 funding for regional conferences from Carnegie Foundation.…

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1958

First conference chair is elected

John E. Hocutt became the first conference chair of the NASPA annual conference.…

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1958

First female member joins our ranks

Mary Ethel Ball, Acting Dean of Students, University of Colorado, Boulder, was listed as an “institutional representative” in the roster of members included in a national conference proceeding. She was the first female member of NASPA.…

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1958

Fred Turner retires from Secretary-Treasurer role

In 1958, Fred Turner decided to leave his role of Secretary-Treasurer after 21 years. Hazel Yates, Fred’s secretary for that whole period, was given a cultured pearl necklace. Fred was given a gasoline driven chain saw (for his cabin in Michigan) and $100 towards a portable television. …

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1959

Fred Turner takes on historian role

Fred H  Turner 1958 1959

Despite having just taken a step back the year before, Fred agreed to take on the role of NASPA historian.…

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1961

Conference location moved due to segregation

The original conference hotel refused to house African-American attendees, so leadership moved locations.

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1961

Books on Exhibit

At the 1961 in Colorado Springs, there was an exhibition of books related to higher education for members to review.  Most of the books were provided as a courtesy by their publishers. …

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1962

Support for research remains strong

Commission VIII agreed to do a study “The Student and Social Issues" and petitioned the executive committee for support. The executive committee authorized the study and empowered the President and Chair of the Commission to contract with one of more foundations for financial support to conduct the study and publish…

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1963

First Journal is published

College Student Personnel Work as a Career was first published in 1963.  The 2nd publication run in 1964 was 10,000 copies and about 100 were mailed every week upon request. …

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1966

The need for a central office is discussed

The locations recommended for the office were Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and St. Louis (the goal was to be centrally located so that it was easy to travel). There was a desire to have an office in Washington, DC; , but it was considered too expensive. “THE ESTABLISHMENT OF…

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1966

Student Affiliates attend the conference for the first time

1967

Central office established

First permanent NASPA office is created in Detroit, MI. (International Inn-Detroit, a block from Wayne State) “telephones and utilities will be furnished as well as furniture and storage area, secretary’s salary and telephone bill will be handled through the hotel payroll billing. Cost to NASPA is $180/month including facilities. Charge…

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1968

Regions are officially established

NASPA was divided into 7 Regions, corresponding with the national accreditation associations. Region IV was further divided into East and West due to the large geographical expanse of that Region.…

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1968

Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research awarded for the first time

Chapter 3

1969 - 1993

1969

Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education awarded for the first time

1970

Central office moves to Portland

NASPA Office was moved from Detroit to Portland State University. Channing M. Briggs, Dean of Admissions and Records for the university, was elected as the Comptroller of NASPA for the period July 1, 1970, to June 30, 1973. He was given authority to hire an administrative assistant and steno-clerk and…

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1970

Resolution is passed to increase diversity among membership

A resolution was approved at the NASPA conference to “increase the active presence of minority groups within NASPA and within the student personnel field.” Carol Anderson, VPSA at Howard University, was appointed chair of a special committee.…

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1971

Alice Manicur appointed to board

1976 Alice Manicur

Alice Manicur of Frostburg State University was appointed to the NASPA Board to create a network of female colleagues and encourage their participation and membership in NASPA.…

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1971

Task force explores consolidation with ACPA and NAWDC

“The first preliminary discussions concerning a single national association of student personnel works were held by representatives from ACPA, NAWDC, and NASPA at U of Tulsa on May 29-21, 1970 and again in September. Decided not to move forward because 1) size would be too large, 2) diversity of…

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1972

Community college task for is created

Fred T. Badders, Dean for Student Development at Southeastern Community College, wrote a letter to December 17, 1971, to Suthern Sims, Vice President for Region III and Dean of Students at University of Georgia) suggesting the creation of a community college division. At the national level, the NASPA Task Force…

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1972

Increased discussion of representation of minority groups in higher education and NASPA

Affirmative action legislation from the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare prompted discussions about minorities and their role in NASPA and higher education.…

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1972

Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA is conferred for the first time

1974

Conference is co-located with ACPA and NAWDAC

1974

The 1974 Conference was co-located with the conferences of ACPA and NAWDC.  The organizations coordinated on placement services.  Registrants could attend any session in the three conferences with only one registration. …

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1974

First female person of color becomes regional vice president

Lenore Cole of American University was the first woman and the first African-American to be elected a regional vice president (Region II). …

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1974

NIRAD is created

The NASPA Institute for Research and Development (NIRAD) was created during the presidency of John L. Blackburn (University of Denver). NIRAD was created to pursue issues in depth through research, consultations, and publications and would later become the NASPA Foundation. …

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1975

Wesleyan University becomes the 1,000th institutional member.

1975

Alice Manicur is sent to represent NASPA at the White House.

Jim Rhatigan appointed Alice Manicur to represent NAPSA at a ‘Tuesday at the White House” on January 14. This was a series of meetings to offer various segments of society an opportunity to become more familiar with the major arms of government. Manicur asked Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Health Education…

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1976

Executive Director title created

Channing Briggs was the first paid, part-time comptroller of NASPA in 1970. In 1976, the title was changed to Executive Director. …

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1976

First female president

Alice R  Manicur 1976 1977

Alice Manicur starts her term as the first woman president of NASPA …

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1978

First hard-cover publication

NIRAD published, “Pieces of Eight,” the first hardcover book from the Association and the result of NIRAD’s first fundraising project …

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1978

NASPA is incorporated

On November 14, 1978, NASPA was incorporated from the first time so that it would be legally protected against liabilities. …

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1979

First president elected from a community college

George Young from Broward Community College was elected as the first community college president of NASPA. …

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1979

Placement services has record-shattering year

At the annual conference, there were 1,127 candidates, 410 employers, 712 positions, and 6,500 interviews.  This peak would not be reached again for years. …

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1979

NASPA's first professional study abroad tour

In accordance with its mission, NASPA’s first professional study abroad tour took place in October and made stops in Paris, London, Heidelbug, and Frankfurt. …

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1979

First women's meeting

A group of 40 women that became known as the “good old girls” gathered in an unstructured meeting focused on the unique challenges of women in the profession.  Two years later, the group would become the first official NASPA Network: The Women’s Network. …

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1979

NASPA membership reaches 5,000

The 5,000 member registered was Cheryl Altany-Straus from Florida International University. …

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1980

Equal Access – Equal Opportunity Coordinator position created

In May of 1980, the Association created an Equal Access – Equal Opportunity Coordinator position to facilitate access to positions in NASPA for underrepresented groups. …

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1980

DC-based Assistant Executive Director position created

The Executive Committee voted to hire an Assistant Executive Director to be house in ACE’s offices in Washington, D.C. with the task to disseminate pertinent information on legislative issues and other critical concerns affecting Chief Student Affairs Officers and the profession. Richard Stevens, VPSA at the University of New Hampshire…

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1981

Central office relocates to Ohio

The Ohio State University was chosen among several options by a vote of the membership.  Staff to be stationed at OSU included the Membership Secretary, Administration Associate, Communications Editor, NASPA Secretary, and Executive Director. By October, all membership and financial records were transferred to computer for the first time. …

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1981

Conference moved due to lack of equality

The 1981 conference was originally scheduled to take place in New Orleans but Louisiana hadn’t yet ratified the Equal Rights Amendment.  The conference was moved to Los Angeles, even though venue contracts had already been signed. …

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1982

Ethnic Minority Caucus recommendations are adopted

At the 1982 conference “a very important resolution about ethnic minority participation in NASPA was passed. Ethnic Minority Caucus had been active for a while. Resolution sought the following from NASPA: 1. NASPA develop a task force to assess needs of ethnic minority membership as they relate to PD; 2…

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1982

Small College Network is formed

NASPA’s Networks were the precursor to today’s knowledge communities and divisions.  In 1982, the Small College Network was formed. …

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1983

Senator Ted Kennedy keynotes annual conference

1985

First African-American president of NASPA

Bob E. Leach, VPSA of Florida State) begins his term as the first African-American president of NASPA. His campaign message was, “I believe that NASPA must strive to involve more young professionals and representatives from small colleges, community college, and historically black institutions in the work of our organization. We…

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1985

First gavel commissioned

Past Presidents With Gavels Barbara Mann

The executive committee agreed to commission Chet Peters of Kansas State University to carve a gavel for each new NASPA president.This began the tradition of the creation of a customized gavel for each NASPA president. …

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1985

Dues structure is updated

Professional Affiliate: $35 Faculty Affiliate $35 Associate Affiliate $75 Student Affiliate $15 Institutional dues were based on FTE enrollment and total expenditures with a cap of $150-$710. International institution dues were $175. …

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1985

The Dissertation of the Year award was renamed in honor of Melvene Hardee.

1986

Stevens Institute is named

The NASPA/ACE Summer Institute was renamed the Richard F. Stevens NASPA/ACE Institute after he passed away the prior year. …

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1987

First joint NASPA/ACPA conference

1987

NASPA and ACPA held their first joint conference in Chicago. The year was the 50th anniversary of the Student Personnel Point of View. The conference theme was “Make No Little Plans: Celebrate our past, design our future”. …

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1987

NASPA accepted into Higher Education Secretariat

The Washington Higher Education Secretariat is a group sponsored by ACE, to carry out the principle function of assuring coordination and cooperation among numerous higher education related associations. …

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1987

NASPA adds non-discrimination clause to constitution

These words were added to the NASPA constitution: NASPA does not discrimination on the basis of race, creed, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disability in the administration of its policies on membership, programs, services, publications, and employment. …

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1988

GLB Task Force approved

After being proposed the prior year, NASPA formed a task force on gay, lesbian, and bisexual concerns in response to homophobic incidents and the AIDS epidemic. …

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1988

MUFP program is proposed

President Tom Goodale first identified creating a funding the Minority Undergraduate Fellows Program. …

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1989

In January, the IRS officially designated NASPA as a 501©3 nonprofit organization.

1989

NASPA Networks are formalized

In a restructure of task forces, networks and advisory groups, the following networks were approved: new professionals, small colleges, fraternities and sororities, ethnic minorities, gay, lesbian, and bisexual, urban institutions, women in student affairs, adult learners, and community colleges. …

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1990

MUFP program begins

NASPA’s Minority Undergraduate Fellows Program began in fall of 1990 and was piloted for three yeares in Regions II, IV-E, and IV-W. …

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1991

Enrollment Management network established.

1991

Disability network established

1991

NIRAD becomes the NASPA Foundation

1992

Maya Angelou keynotes the annual conference

1993

MUFP advances from pilot phase to all 7 regions.

Chapter 4

1994 - 2018

1994

Kevin Kruger is hired as the Assistant Director of NASPA.

1997

Public Policy Division is added

1997

GLB Concerns Network becomes GLBT Concerns Network

1999

First female person of color elected president

1999

NASPA membership reaches 8,000

1990

First online membership survey

NASPA conducted its first online membership survey and NASPA drew an almost 90% approval rating. …

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2001

Civil rights activist Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was the keynote of the annual conference.

2002

NASPA Journal moves to an electronic format.

2003

Leadership Exchange is launched

Leadership Exchange, a quarterly magazine focuses on critical issues of relevance to senior student affairs officers and provides an additional forum for discussion and information sharing. …

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2003

James E. Scott is honored with a namesake

In July, the NASPA board of directors unanimously approved the renaming of the National Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness in honor of past president, James E. Scott. …

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2003

First Small College Institute is held.

2005

First NASPA Multicultural Institute is held

2006

NASPA Excellence Awards are created

2006

The NASPA Foundation President is named a voting member of the NASPA Board

2007

Journal of College and Character is launched

2008

NASPA purchases DC office

2009

Professional Competency task force is created

NASPA President Mike Segawa and ACPA President Tom Jackson, convened a task group to discuss professional standards and competencies in student affairs.  The group was chaired by Marilee Bresciani, Director of NASPA’s Professional Standards Division, and Dwayne Todd from ACPA. …

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2007

First NASPA President to testify in front of US Dept of Labor

Dr. Jan Walbert was invited to testify on issues of college safety by the US Department of Labor.

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