NASPA IV-W James J. Rhatigan Outstanding Dean Award

The recipient of this award will be the Region IV-West nominee for the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean awarded by NASPA at the national level.  (*Dean refers to any title that denotes the lead student affairs officer on campus).  This award is presented to an individual who serves as the home institution's Senior Student Affairs Officer and has had a significant contribution to Student Affairs. 


Award Information

Deadline: Jul. 30, 2018

Information required for each award submission:

  • Completion of On-Line Application Form
  • Nomination Letter
  • Nominee's Resume
  • Three (3) Letters of Support 

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Award Requirements

To be eligible to receive the award, each applicant must: 

  • 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 NAPSA IV-West membership
  • Exemplary managerial and administrative skills (Preferred)
  • Extended length of service to student affairs profession and as a Chief Student Affairs Officer (Preferred)
  • Leadership in greater campus and community affairs (Preferred)
  • Significant contributions to literature about student affairs and higher education (Preferred)
  • Significant contributions to professional associations (Preferred)

Current Recipients

  • Dr. Daniel J. Shipp
    Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management - University of Nebraska - Omaha


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Past Recipients

  • 2016 | Kimberly Grieve

    Vice President and Dean of Students - University of South Dakota

  • 2014 | Prakash Mathew

    - North Dakota State University

  • 2013 | Nina Patterson Caldwell

    - Maryville University St. Louis

  • 2012 | Daniel (Danny) Pugh, Sr.

    - University of Arkansas

  • 2011 | Blanche Hughes

    - Colorado State University

  • 2010 | Jill Ellen Carnaghi

    - Washington University in St. Louis

  • 2009 | Richard Hall

    - Oklahoma City University

  • 2008 | Diana Doyle

    - Community College of Denver

  • 2007 | Earle Doman

    - Missouri State University

  • 2006 | Lori Reesor

    - University of Kansas

  • 2005 | Ron Kopita

    - Wichita State University

  • 2004 | Patricia Long

    - University of Missouri – Kansas City

  • 2003 | Jim Griesen

    - University of Nebraska–Lincoln

  • 2002 | Sara Boatman

    - Nebraska Wesleyan University

  • 2001 | Dorothy Knoll

    - University of Kansas Medical Center

  • 2000 | George H. Wallman

    - North Dakota State University

  • 1999 | James C. Hurst

    - University of Wyoming

  • 1998 | Lyle A. Gohn

    - University of Arkansas

  • 1997 | Gary Widmar

    - University of Missouri-Kansas City

  • 1996 | Sandy MacLean

    - University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • 1995 | Linda Dayton

    - Johnson County Community College

  • 1994 | Karen Glaser

    - University of New Mexico

  • 1993 | Ron Beer

    - Oklahoma State University

  • 1992 | Karen Glaser

    - University of New Mexico

  • 1991 | David Ambler

    - University of Kansas

  • 1990 | David Ambler

    - University of Kansas

  • 1989 | Caryl Smith

    - University of Kansas

  • 1988 | Tom Goodale

    - University of Denver

  • 1987 | Bill Jellison

    - Fort Hays State University

  • 1986 | James Rhatigan

    - Wichita State University