NASPA Foundation 2017 Pillars of the Profession

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 him or her deserving of this honor. In the nominee’s name, a gift of $2,500 is made to the Foundation to further research and scholarship in student affairs. Congratulations to the NASPA Foundation 2017 Pillars of the Profession!

Marilyn Amey
Department Chair Of Educational Administration
Michigan State University

Amey’s primary research area is leadership, and the postsecondary governance, administration, organizational change and faculty issues that fall within that larger rubric. She has particular interest in educational partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration, the cultivation of new postsecondary leaders including those in student affairs, and community colleges. 

Teri Bump

Vice President For University Relations/ Student Affairs
American Campus Communities

As an ACC vice president Teri presents nationally on university trends and issues and has delivered educational sessions at ACE, 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”.  

Nancy Crimmin
Senior Vice President And Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer
Becker College

Crimmin has overseen the development of new graduate programs, major academic re-organization and the integration of career education and advising. She developed new programs and staff roles to improve opportunities for all students initiatives that have led to improved graduation and retention rates.

Brian Haynes
Vice President For Student Affairs
California State University San Bernardino

Dr. Haynes oversees enrollment services, student services, intercollegiate athletics, student life and the dean of students. With Dr. Haynes’ leadership, CSUSB was awarded a $14.5 million GEAR UP grant that connects the K-12 schools in the San Bernardino and Riverside counties to mentoring, tutoring and formal partnerships with CSUSB to encourage student and family pre-college preparation for college success.

John L. Hoffman
Director, Doctor Of Educational Leadership Program
California State University, Fullerton  

Hoffman serves as the director of the doctor of educational leadership program and the chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. John has been a member of NASPA for over 20 years.  His involvement includes participation in a variety of committees; leadership roles for graduate student, new professional, mid-level professional, and research institutes.

Frank Lamas
Vice President for Student Affairs
and Enrollment Management

California State University Fresno

Dr. Lamas serves on the President’s cabinet and is responsible for organizing, directing, and managing the resources of the Division to meet the needs of the students, university and surrounding community. Dr. Lamas provides overall leadership and direction to a comprehensive set of departments and units. 

Harry Le Grande
Vice Chancellor For Student Affairs
University Of California Berkeley

Le Grande recently retired as the vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of California, Berkeley. Le Grande provided leadership for student and faculty support service programs that contributed to the academic mission of UC Berkeley in the areas of student life, undergraduate admissions, financial aid, campus outreach, career services, student conduct, residential living and other student related matters. 

Patrick Love
Vice President For Student Affairs
New York Institute Of Technology

Dr. Patrick Love utilizes the same approach at work as he does in his athletic endeavors. As a lifetime distance runner, he knows that the keys to success are being brilliant with the basics, trying new ways to improve performance, and keeping an eye focused on the finish line. Dr. Love's vision for student affairs involves creating a high-quality experience for students through responsive customer service, innovative programs, direct contact, and excellent facilities.

Ellen Neufeldt
Vice President For Student Engagement And Enrollment Services
Old Dominion University

Dr. Neufeldt oversees more than 300 student engagement & enrollment services staffers organized into over 20 units.  The division contains functional areas such as admissions, career management, intercultural relations, registrar, institutional research, housing, financial aid, and student support. She has been a dedicated member of NASPA for 20 years, worked on the region II and III NASPA boards, and led the Volunteers and Special Projects Committee for the 2008 conference.

Brett Perozzi
Associate Vice President For Student Affairs
Weber State University

Dr. Brett Perozzi brings more than 15 years of student affairs experience. Brett has played a key role in the development, implementation, and/or enhancement of many other NASPA global engagement programs, such as the International Symposium, China initiatives, NISSI: NASPA International Student Services Institute, and the Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services.

Judy Sakaki
Sonoma State University

Dr. Judy K. Sakaki is the first Asian-American woman to lead a four-year higher education institution in California, and the first Japanese-American woman in the nation to lead a four-year college or university. Her career in higher education has been devoted to developing, leading and implementing the best practices in access, affordability, inclusion, diversity, and student success. 

Frank Sanchez
Rhode Island College

For over 20 years, Dr. Frank D. Sanchez has advanced teaching and learning by supporting innovative public-private partnerships, student services, programs, policies and external funding aimed at increasing student success and degree completion. Sánchez took office as the 10th President of Rhode Island College in 2016. He served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City. At CUNY, America’s largest urban public university which enrolls over 500,000 students on 24 campuses, Sánchez was responsible for providing system-wide leadership in the coordination, delivery and evaluation of a student-centered university culture that supports all students.

The class of Pillars will be honored at the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. As part of the Pillars program, the NASPA Foundation accepts gifts in the name of each honoree. These gifts come back to the student affairs profession as scholarships, research grants and awards. Please help us celebrate the 2017 Pillars with a donation in his or her honor to the NASPA Foundation. Your gifts ensure the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession and help answer the challenges we face as educators.  You may donate online and learn more about the Foundation’s Pillar class online.