The Dean of Students/Associate Vice President/Associate Vice Chancellor Institute will explore contemporary issues in Student Affairs & Higher Education Administration which impact the success of AVPs, AVCs, and Deans.
The DOS/AVP institute is designed for Dean of Students, Assistant/Associate Vice Presidents, Associate/Assistant Vice Chancellors or individuals currently responsible for the direction and oversight of one or more functional areas. Curriculum and dialogue will center on AVP competencies, self-assessment/self-perceptions; supervising; working with your Senior Student Affairs Officer; peer to peer engagement; the uniqueness of the AVP role; and work/life balance. NASPA’s AVP: Leading from the Unique Role of Associate/Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs will be used as the foundation for the Institute.
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Washington State University - Tri Cities
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The 2016 NASPA Western Regional Conference will be held at the iconic Westin Seattle hotel, located in the Emerald City's Cultural Core. Centrally located within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the Monorail, and the Space Needle, the hotel is ideally located for the NASPA WRC and will allow attendees an opportunity to discover and experience all that Seattle has to offer. Hotel reservations are now open.
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1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
$179 - Single/Double
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Romando Nash serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Services at San Jose State University. He provides administrative oversight for six functional areas: Accessible Education Center (including Center for Accessible Technology), Career Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Military and Veterans Student Services, Office of the University Ombudsperson, and the Student Health Center (including Wellness and Health Promotions). In addition, he supervises the Student Affairs Senior Student Affairs Case Manager who facilitates the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). These departments share the common goal of focusing on student success and holistic development. Romando also oversees divisional staff and faculty development, division assessment efforts, the African American College Readiness Summit, and the Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards. Prior to joining San Jose State University, Romando served as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Executive Director for Residential Education at the University of Southern California. Prior to USC, he worked at Loyola University Chicago, Seattle University, and Santa Clara University.
Romando stays active in several professional associations and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on Legal Issues in Higher Education.
The recipient of various awards and recognition, he was recently awarded the President’s Award from the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators and recognized at the WACE annual conference with the John Yarborough – Best of the West Award for his presentation on being an introvert in Student Affairs. In addition, he has been honored as the Outstanding Experienced Professional by the ACPA Commission for Housing and Residential Life.
Romando earned his J.D. with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency Law from Santa Clara University. Other earned degrees include a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from Notre Dame de Namur University and a Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Correctional Psychology from Santa Clara University.
Teri Bump is Vice President of University Relations & Student Development for American Campus Communities, the first publicly traded student housing REIT.
She presents nationally on university trends and issues and has delivered educational sessions at NASPA, ACUHO-I, NACUBO, NIRSA, ACPA, NACAS, NASAP, and APPA. She is a past ACUHO-I and ACPA Foundation Board trustee and currently serves on the NACAS Education Foundation Board. She has also written for the ACUHO-I Talking Stick, NACAS Journal, the NASPA Leadership Exchange, and participated in the “21st Century Project”. In 2007 Ms. Bump was awarded the ACUHO-I Corporate Friend Award for service to the association and received the Business Partner of the Year Award for American Campus at the 2007 national NACAS conference and the 2010 ACPA Business Partner of the Year Award.
Prior to joining American Campus Communities in 1991, Ms. Bump served Boston University, Oberlin College, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Texas Southern University, Alfred University, and SUNY Oswego in student affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY Oswego and her master’s in College Student Development from Alfred University. Her specialties include association Fund-raising, conference keynote & educational session speaker, retreat facilitator, and StrengthsQuest Educator & Advocate. She is MBTI Certified.
Alvin Sturdivant serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Development at Seattle University. In this role he serves as a member of the senior leadership team and provides visionary and administrative leadership for a number of key departments (Housing and Residence Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Health Center, University Recreation, and Wellness and Health Promotion) towards fostering student success and an integrated learning experience. Alvin also holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, and Sociology programs.
Prior to joining Seattle University, Alvin worked at Saint Louis University, University of Vermont, the Community College of Vermont, and Syracuse University.
Alvin received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from North Carolina State University and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Vermont.
In July 2016, Alvin was elected Vice President for the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I). He will serve as President-Elect and President of ACUHO-I in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years.
Sharon K. Basso is the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College. She began her work at CMC in mid-July 2016. Most recently, she served as Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. She worked at Lehigh University since 1989 serving in progressive leadership roles in the division of student affairs including assistant dean of students, associate dean of students and dean of students. Prior to arriving at Lehigh University, she worked at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the held positions of as a psychological counselor, director of student activities and director of first year seminar course.
Sharon earned a doctor of education in educational leadership from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in counseling and higher education from Shippensburg University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lafayette College.
She places a high value on the experience of students and their academic and personal success. She has mentored and coached many students during her 30 years in education. In addition, she cares deeply about the development of all exempt and non-exempt staff members and has created a strong culture of professional growth, mentoring and development amongst her teams in student affairs.
During her tenure as Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students, Lehigh University was named as one of the “30+ Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and American College Personnel Association in 2014. She has been recognized with numerous accolades at Lehigh University including the Paul J. Franz award, the Hillman Award and the Distinguished Service award.
Sharon was an NCAA division 1 basketball player at Lafayette College and was selected as a member of her high school alma mater’s athletic hall of fame. She also spent two years early in her professional career coaching high school women’s basketball.
Paul Bennion currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at The College of Idaho, and just completed a three-year concurrent tenure as Special Assistant to the President. Dr. Bennion participates on the President’s Executive Council and the Board of Trustees Committees on both Academic & Student Affairs and Facilities; he serves as Chair of the College’s Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee; and he leads a Student Affairs Division consisting of 12 departments, including Athletics and Campus Safety. Dr. Bennion co-directs the College of Idaho’s Leadership Studies Minor Program, for which he co-developed the curriculum, teaches the leadership theory courses, and serves as the faculty advisor to the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society.
Dr. Bennion has also taught educational psychology courses through the Education and Psychology departments.
Dr. Bennion earned his doctorate degree from the University of Idaho, his master’s degree from Boston University, and his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University. Dr. Bennion is a former participant in the Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education, and he recently completed the American Academic Leadership Institute’s year-long program. Dr. Bennion is an experienced evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and he is a trained mediator, often called upon to help resolve academic and other departmental disputes.
Dr. Bennion has served in numerous regional and national NASPA roles, including Regional VP/Regional Director, Senior Student Affairs Officer Liaison, Western Regional Conference Chair, and Idaho State Representative. Dr. Bennion is also a recipient of the NASPA Fred Turner Award for outstanding service to the association.
Henry Gee has begun his 38th year in higher education, and his thirteenth year as the Vice President of Student Services at Rio Hondo College in Whittier CA. Prior to that, he served for 10 years as the Dean of Student Affairs at Santa Ana College and 15 years at Azusa Pacific University in various capacities. He has been active with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) having served in many roles regionally and nationally, from New Professionals to the Network for Educational Equity and Ethnic Diversity (NEEED), two annual conference committees, and countless regional conference committees, a term on the Scott Academy Board and a term on the Foundation Board; he most recently served as the Region VI Director for NASPA and has just rejoined the Foundation Board this year. He has also served as the co-facilitator for the past seventeen years of the Leadership Development Program for Higher Education (LDPHE), a program sponsored by the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) and the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). Henry was a member of the inaugural LDPHE class in 1997 and is a former Board member of APAHE.
Henry was honored with the Doris Ching “Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award” by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community (APIKC) in 2003, was honored in 2004 by the NASPA Foundation as a “Pillar of the Profession” and received the inaugural “Outstanding Mentoring Award” from the NASPA APIKC in 2008. In July 2009, Henry was honored to receive the David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award bestowed upon him by LEAP. In November of 2009 he was presented the inaugural Community College Professional Award from NASPA Region VI at the Western Regional Conference in San Jose and subsequently was presented with the inaugural National Community College Award at the NASPA National Conference in Chicago in March 2010.
On a personal note, Henry is a 1st generation college student, married, has a son who graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and majored in Landscape Architecture; they have an extremely active 18-year old daughter who graduated from high school this past spring, earned four varsity letters from the girls’ varsity tennis team, earned three varsity letters from the track & field team, and had previously earned her black belt. She is currently enrolled as a freshman at California Lutheran University.
Harry Le Grande was appointed Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs on June 1, 2008. In this position, Le Grande provides leadership for student and faculty support service programs that contribute to the academic mission of UC Berkeley in the areas of student life, undergraduate admissions and financial aid, campus outreach, career services, student conduct, residential living, student union, student affairs philanthropy and other student related matters.
Prior to assuming that role, Le Grande served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) at Berkeley, where he managed a multi-faceted array of student services and programs that included student and family housing, residential life, childcare services, new student orientation, housing facilities, and residential and campus dining services.
Currently, Le Grande serves as the University of California representative on the California Student Aid Commission appointed by the Governor. He has served as a member of the James Scott Board of NASPA, Senior Leadership Council of ACPA and several other local association boards.
Le Grande has worked in Student Affairs since 1975 and is alum of the University of California Irvine and Oregon State University. Le Grande has worked at both public and private institutions in his higher education career. On the Berkeley campus he developed and implemented their current residential life program; oversaw the development of the most student housing in the campus history; and recently worked with student leaders to renovate and replace major student union and student government facilities. He is also leading the Student Information Systems Project Executive Steering Committee. After more than 40 years in the field of student affairs and 35 years on the Berkeley campus, Le Grande will be retiring in December 2016.
Barbara Hancock Snyder has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Utah since 1999. She previously served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 1988-99 and in various positions in the Dean of Students Office at Iowa State University from 1975-88. She is responsible for a comprehensive Student Affairs Division including Residential Living, Enrollment Management, Student Development and the Dean of Students Office. Vice President Snyder serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs’ Academic Leadership Team. She holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.
Dr. Snyder has been actively involved in the development of the Utah Asia Campus and serves on its Board of Directors. She has traveled to Korea on many occasions, including for the grand opening of the campus this past September.
Vice President Snyder has received numerous professional awards. Most recently she received the 2016 Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA.
Dr. Snyder received her B.S. from The Ohio State University, her M.S. in Counseling from St. Cloud State University and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University.
Dr. Denzil Suite joined the University of Washington in July 2013 and serves as the Vice President for Student Life & Affiliate Assistant Professor of Higher Education. He provides leadership and direction for strategic planning, assessment, and staff development for a comprehensive division of student programs and services. He leads a team of over 2500 professionals and paraprofessionals in creating and maintaining a healthy campus environment through services, programs, and innovative learning experiences beyond the classroom, and through a highly collaborative relationship with other senior UW leaders.
Prior to joining UW, he served as Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Southern California where he also served and as an Associate Professor for Clinical Education at the USC Rossier School of Education.
Suite earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Policy and Organization from the University of Southern California.
His research for his doctorate centered on factors affecting student success in college. He is especially interested in how students from differing backgrounds are affected by the college environment. He chose this topic because of his long-standing commitment to college students and their success.
Dr. Suite has worked professionally in student affairs for over 20 years and has held positions of responsibility at UC Berkeley, Cal State L.A., and UC Santa Cruz. He is the recipient of numerous awards from national, local, and student organizations.