As the birthplace of NASPA, Region IV-East takes special pride in its contributions to NASPA’s history and the services and support it provides to the members of the region. Originally established as Region IV, the region split into east and west to better support members across a large geographical area. Since its inception, Region IV-East has provided strong leadership and valuable professional activity to the region. Region IV-E highlights include:
in 1918, Robert Rienow, dean of men at the University of Iowa, wrote a letter to Scott Goodnight, dean of men at Wisconsin, suggesting that a group of deans of men gather gather to discuss issues of importance to student personnel administrators at colleges and universities. Goodnight wrote to Thomas Arkle Clark, dean of men at the University of Illinois, to set the meeting in motion. A group of six deans convened at the University of Wisconsin-Madison the next year in 1919 - the first NASPA meeting.
In the mid-1960s, NASPA established the regions to provide members an opportunity to connect on a local level. The regions were established in alignment with the six national accreditation regions. Shortly after the six regions were established, Region IV was divided into two regions, IV-West and IV-East, in order to better serve the needs of members given the challenges presented by the geographical expanse of the region. The original Region IV included Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin (now IV-E) and North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming (now IV-W).
The Region IV-E Annual Conference is held every year during the first or second week of November in various cities throughout the region, and averages approximately 300 members in attendance. In 2016, for the first time, Regions IV-East and IV-West held a joint conference in St. Louis with great success.
In addition to the regional annual conference, Region IV-E has sponsored one-day drive-in workshops throughout the region to provide accessible professional development and valuable networking opportunities in a one-day format. For example, the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community has held a drive-in conference every other year during the years 2003-2017, and the Men & Masculinities Knowledge Community held a drive-in workshop during the years 2010-2014. Members also have opportunities to connect without traveling by participating in webinars, virtual book clubs, and professional development phone-ins.