Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean*

Supporting the Profession VP for Student Affairs
Award Type: national

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.

2020 Current Recipients

Award Criteria


  • 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