Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean*

This award, named for NASPA’s founding Chair of the Board of Directors (1919-1920) and former dean of men at the University of Wisconsin, is presented to a Dean* who has demonstrated sustained professional achievement in student affairs work, innovative response in meeting students' varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing staff, and leadership in community and college or university affairs. The award recipient must also have earned stature among and support of students, faculty, and fellow administrators on campus, and made significant contributions to the field through publications or involvement in professional associations. 

*Dean refers to any title that denotes the lead student affairs officer on campus.

The Selections and Awards Committee recommends award nominees to the NASPA Board of Directors for their approval. Upon approval, the awards are presented at NASPA's annual awards luncheon which takes place during the annual conference.

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Award Information

Deadline: Nov. 14, 2017

Any NASPA member may nominate an individual for this award.

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Requirements

Below are the criteria that the Selections and Awards Committee of the NASPA Board of Directors will use to evaluate the nominees. Bolded bullets are required, while non-bolded bullets are preferred.

  • Serves as home institution’s Chief Student Affairs Officer
  • Seen as collaborative, effective, and inspirational by a range of campus constituencies
  • Strategic and innovative in providing programs and services to students
  • High level of competency in developing staff
  • Active individual NASPA membership
  • Exemplary managerial and administrative skills
  • Extended length of service to the student affairs profession and as a Chief Student Affairs Officer
  • Leadership in greater campus and community affairs
  • Significant contributions to literature about student affairs and higher education
  • Significant contributions to professional associations

Current Recipients


Past Recipients

  • 2016 | Tom Dougan

    Vice President for Student Affairs - University of Rhode Island

  • 2015 | Ellen Neufeldt

    Vice President for Student Engagement & Enrollment Services - Old Dominion University

  • 2015 | Prakash Mathew

    Vice President for Student Affairs (Ret.) - North Dakota State University

  • 2014 | Karin Edwards

    Dean of Student Services - Three Rivers College

  • 2014 | Raymond Heath

    Vice President for Student Life - Marywood College

  • 2013 | Raymond Franco

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  • 2013 | Patricia A. Whitely

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  • 2012 | Gage Paine

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  • 2011 | Dennis A. Pruitt

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  • 2010 | Barbara Synder

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  • 2009 | Zenobia Lawrence Hikes*

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  • 2008 | Michael L. Jackson

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  • 2007 | Keith Miser

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  • 2006 | Larry D. Roper

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  • 2005 | Richard McKaig

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  • 2004 | Johnetta Cross Brazzell

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  • 2003 | Donald C. Howard

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  • 2003 | J. Malon Southerland

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  • 2002 | Thomas Miller

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  • 2001 | Judith M. Chambers

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  • 2000 | James C. Hurst

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  • 1999 | Lyle Gohn

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  • 1998 | Gary Widmar

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  • 1997 | William R. Butler

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  • 1996 | Linda L. Dayton

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  • 1995 | Anne E. Golseth

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  • 1994 | Carol A. Wiggins

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  • 1993 | Alice R. Manicur

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  • 1992 | Donald Adams

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  • 1991 | John J. Koldus III

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  • 1990 | Carl E. Anderson

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  • 1990 | Arthur Sandeen

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  • 1989 | Jo Anne J. Trow

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  • 1989 | Glen T. Nygreen

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  • 1988 | James W. Lyons

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  • 1987 | James Rhatigan

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  • 1986 | William L. "Bud" Thomas

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  • 1985 | Thomas Edwards

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  • 1985 | John D. Jones

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  • 1984 | Banks C. Talley

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  • 1984 | John W. Truitt

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  • 1983 | Robert Etheridge

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  • 1982 | Howard Crosby

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  • 1982 | Lyle Edmison

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  • 1981 | David L. Harris

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  • 1980 | Byron Atkinson

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  • 1980 | Robert W. Chick

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  • 1979 | Everett M. Chandler

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  • 1978 | John L. Blackburn

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  • 1976 | Thomas B. Dutton

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  • 1974 | Jean B. Walton

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  • 1973 | Robert H. Shaffer

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  • 1972 | Arleigh Williams

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  • 1971 | William Tate

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  • 1970 | Armour J. Blackburn

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  • 1970 | John U. Monro

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  • 1968 | Fred H. Turner

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  • 1966 | William H. Cowley

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  • 1966 | Esther M. Lloyd Jones

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