Meet Your Pillars of the Profession: Part I

Each year at the annual NASPA Conference, the NASPA Foundation recognizes a series of distinguished individuals who have served as leaders, teachers, and scholars in student affairs and higher education. Each individual is nominated and supported for designation as a Pillar by colleagues, students, friends, or others who find them deserving of this honor. If selected as a Pillar, the nominator and selected Foundation Board member will raise $2,500 in the name of the individual being nominated to further research and scholarship in student affairs.

The NASPA Foundation’s Pillar of the Profession Award honors members of the profession who:

Are individuals of sustained professional distinction in the higher education field, as defined by donors and supporters

Have served in leadership roles in NASPA, either regionally or nationally

Are being recognized or remembered by colleagues, friends, students, or student organizations for extraordinary service

Significant lifetime contributions to the higher education field

Celebrate your Pillars of the Profession at the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. 

March 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Liberty Ballroom A

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

Meet Your Pillars of the Profession
Tony W. Cawthon, Alumni Distinguished Professor, Clemson University

Tony is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Student Affairs and Higher Education at Clemson University. Prior to this position, he served the Chair of the Faculty as and coordinator of the Student Affairs Graduate Preparation program. Prior to beginning his faculty career at Clemson University, he worked as a Student Affairs administrator for over 15 years at Clemson University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville. His work as a practitioner was in university housing.

He has written and presented extensively in the areas of student affairs and higher education. Specifically, his publications and presentations have been in the areas of career/ professional development, inclusion, student affairs partnering with academic affairs, and student affairs administrative issues. He has written numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly and practitioner journals such as the NASPA Journal, the College Student Affairs Journal, the Journal of College and University Student Housing, and the Journal of College Orientation and Transition. He is co-editor of ACUHO-I Core Competencies: The Body of knowledge for Campus Housing Professionals, and co-editor of Using the Entertainment Media to Facilitate Student Learning: Movies, Music, Television, and Popular Press Books in Student Affairs Classrooms and Practice. He is the co-editor of an upcoming issue of the New Directions for Student Services series entitled: Managing Career Transitions Across the Life Span for the Student Affairs Practitioner.

Within NASPA, Tony serves on the editorial board for NASPA Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice and is past Chair of the Dissertation of the Year committee. Within ACPA, he served on the Governing Board as the Director of Research and Scholarship, as a Senior Scholar, and on the editorial board as a reviewer of The Journal of College Student Development. He is past Editor of The Journal of College and University Student Housing and editor of The College Student Affairs Journal. He is also Past President for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs, and he served as the Knowledge Enhancement Director on the ACUHO-I Executive Board.  

Fortunate to have had many great professional experiences, what he is most proud is the numerous students and staff he has mentored on and through their path to work in student affairs and higher education. Tony is also active in his community having served on the local HIV/AIDS services board, President of the Anderson Free Clinic, President of the Belton Arts Center, and President of the Electric City Playhouse. Tony and his partner, Andy, have been together for over 25 years. They live in a seventy-year-old house they have slowly been renovating. Tony loves to travel, sports, reading, and movies. He does not like renovations!

Kandy Mink Salas, Program Director, College Counseling and Student Development Program, Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Kandy Mink Salas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University (CA) and Program Director of the College Counseling and Student Development Master’s Degree Program. Prior to her time as a faculty member, she spent twenty-eight years as a student affairs professional at the University of San Diego and at California State University, Fullerton, where she served as Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Mink Salas received her Ph.D. in Higher Education/Student Affairs from Claremont Graduate University (CA), her M.S. in Counseling and Human Development from Minnesota State University, and her B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from UCLA.                      

Dr. Mink Salas is very proud of her record of initiative leadership as a Student Affairs Professional. She was instrumental in creating the Cal State Fullerton Freshman Year Experience Program, Student Leadership Institute, New Student Orientation Program, and Student Affairs Staff Development Committee. At Azusa Pacific University, Dr. Mink Salas is working to infuse a priority on social justice into the master’s program curriculum and serves as a consultant to campus leaders on issues of diversity and cultural competence. Dr. Mink Salas’s academic research centers on two areas: 1) the undocumented and DACAmented student experience, and 2) the encouragers and barriers to college student women leaders from a variety of cultural backgrounds. She received the NASPA Ruth Strang Award for Outstanding Contributions to Literature Concerning Women in Higher Education in 2013. 

Dr. Mink Salas has a passion for mentorship and has worked with hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students over the years in providing guidance and coaching, particularly on career development. She was awarded the NASPA Region VI Sandra Kuchler Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2009. Dr. Mink Salas has been involved in NASPA in numerous regional and national volunteer positions since 1996, and is the incoming Regional Director Elect for Region VI. She received the NASPA Region VI Distinguished Service to the Profession Award in 2015. Dr. Mink Salas is married to Edward Salas, an amazing life partner who supports her professional passions and can often be seen at events, photographing the action. Dr. Mink Salas is further supported by loving parents who provided her with the foundation for creating change in organizations.

T. Hampton Hopkins, President, Carolina College of Health Sciences

Dr. Hampton Hopkins is an educator, leader, speaker and consultant. He currently serves as the President of Carolinas College of Health Sciences. He has more than 22 years of experience in higher education in various leadership positions with the University of North Carolina at Asheville and Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville, TN. He also serves as an adjunct instructor for City University of Seattle and National University where he has developed and taught courses at the graduate level leadership and higher education administration. He is the recipient of the 2017 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award from City University. He is the author of numerous professional papers and has presented at regional and national conferences more than 20 times. He is regularly invited to deliver professional presentations and consultations, workshops and keynote speeches.

Dr. Hopkins earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Winthrop University with a concentration in marketing, a master’s degree in leadership studies from the University of Tennessee with a concentration in higher education administration and a doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in educational research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His dissertation on the development and validation of scores on a student retention survey won the UNCC College of Education Outstanding Research Proposal Design Award and the Legacy for Leadership Outstanding Dissertation Award. He has been active in his profession having served on the board of directors of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Immediately prior to joining Carolinas College, Dr. Hopkins spent a short amount of time out of higher education working for the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services and for a large national bank. He is active in the community currently serving on the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development and Education Committee and the advisory boards for Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences and the Health Science Academy at Monroe Middle School. He has previously served on the board of directors of the Charlotte Area Education Consortium, the Matthews Alive Festival and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers. He previously served on the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Regional Advisory Board, the Transportation Advisory Committee for the Town of Stallings and the Planning and Zoning Board for the Town of Matthews.

Dr. Hopkins and his wife Olivia have a son who attends the University of South Carolina and a daughter in high school. They live in Union County, NC.

Sherry Mallory, Dean of Student Affairs, Revelle College, University of California, San Diego

Sherry Mallory serves as the Dean of Student Affairs for Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego, and as an adjunct professor in San Diego State’s graduate program in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs.

Before arriving at UCSD in 2012, she was the Associate Dean of Students at Western Washington University and an adjunct instructor in the Student Affairs Administration graduate program, teaching the capstone seminar – Current Issues in Student Affairs. Prior positions at Western Washington University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Arizona include Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and Director of Research and Assessment for Student Life. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sherry is an active member of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She has served on the NASPA Board of Directors, as Chair of the Public Policy Division; as national Co-Chair of the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community; as Co-Chair of the 2015 NASPA Western Regional Conference; on the planning committees for the 2002, 2009, and 2013, and 2019 annual conferences; as a member of the Region IV-W, Region V, and Region VI advisory boards; as the Awards Coordinator for NASPA Region VI, and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. She has presented more than 75 refereed and invited conference sessions, and has published four book chapters. Her professional interests include legal and public policy issues, the factors that play a role in student success, and involvement in professional associations. 

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