History

It's no secret student affairs has its roots in our region. As the birthplace of the profession, Region IV-E is steeped in tradition and has a rich history of paving the way as innovators of promising practices in higher education.

The Trailblazers

Term NASPA IV-E Regional Vice President/Director

1967-1968 (Region V)

Robert F. Etheridge, Vice President for Student Affairs Miami University of Ohio 

1968-1969

John Truitt, Vice President for Student Affairs, Indiana State University

1970-1971 (Region IV-East)

Rober F. Etheridge, Vice President for Student Affairs Miami University of Ohio 

1971-1972

Thomas Schreck, Dean of Students, Indiana University

1972-1974

William R. Nester, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, University of Cincinnati

1974-1977

Donald A. Adams, Vice President for Student Life, Drake University

1977-1979

Stanley R. Levy, Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Illinois-Urbana

1979-1981

Stanley B. Escott, Dean of Students, Manchester College

1981-1983

Henry Johnson, Vice President for Student Services, University of Michigan

1983-1985

Thomas B. Theilen, Vice President for Student Affairs, Iowa State University

1985-1987

Harvey Welch, Jr., Vice President for Student Affairs, Southern Illinois University

1987-1989

Joan M. Claar, Dean of Students, DePauw University

1989-1991

Richard Bredemeier, Vice President for Student Life, Kent State University

1991-1993

Daniel C. Robinson, Professor of Higher Education, Iowa State University

1993-1995

Carmen Witte, Dean of Students, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

1995-1996

Daniel C. Robinson, Professor of Higher Education, Iowa State University

1996-2000

Theresa A. Powell, Vice President for Student Affairs, Western Michigan University

2000-2001

Dick McKaig, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Indiana University

2001-2003

Barb Jones, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

2003-2005

Mary Desler, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Northwestern University

2005-2007

Tom Crady, Dean of Students, Grinnell College

2007-2009

Levester Johnson (L.J.), Vice President of Student Affairs, Butler University

2009-2011

Les Cook, Vice President for Student Affairs, Michigan Technological University

2011-2013

Renee Romano, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2013-2015

Peggy Burke, Associate Vice President for Student Development, DePaul University

2015-2017

Kimberlie Goldsberry, Vice President and Dean of Students, Carthage College

2017-2019

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff for Student Affairs, Northwestern University

2019-2021

Danita Brown Young, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Regional Conferences

Date

Location

Theme

Conference Chair(s)

February 10-12, 1985 South Bend, Indiana "Dimensions of Unity" Tom Coyne, Margaret Healy

February 9-11, 1986

Bloomingdale, Illinois

"Individual and Institutional Integrity"

November 6-8, 1987 (Joint Conference with Region IV-West)

St. Louis, Missouri

"Joint Venture: We Make a Difference" 

Lawrence Pasquini, University of Wisconsin Osh Kosh & Susanne Gordon, University of Arkansas Fayetteville

February 3-5, 1989

Indianapolis, Indiana

"Higher Education at the Crossroads: Setting the Agenda for the '90's"

February 4-6, 1990

St. Charles, Illinois

"Remembrance, Reform, and Renewal"

Bill Riley, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

February 3-5, 1991

Columbus, Ohio

"Refocusing Our Vision: Campus As Community"

February 2-4, 1992

Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Preserving Our Past While Peparing Our Future"

Paul Parker, Loyola University Chicago

January 31 - February 2, 1993

Des Moines, Iowa

"Student Affairs 2000: Changes, Challenges, Choices"

Mary Desler, North Central College

January 30 - February 1, 1994

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Student Affairs in the 90's: New Realities, New Paradigms"

February 5-7, 1995

Dearborn, Michigan

"Constructing Highways to the Future: A Student Affairs Challenge"

Theresa Powell, Western Michigan University

February 4-6, 1996

Indianapolis, Indiana

"The Promise of Community: The Ongoing Challenge"

Mary Skorheim, University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh

February, 1997

Columbus, Ohio

February 1-3, 1998

Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Crossing Boundaries"

Jerry Price, Drake University

January 31 - February 2, 1999

Oak Brook, Illinois

"Reflecting on the Past: Looking into the Future"

Robert Gatti, Otterbein College

February 6-8, 2000

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"Student Affairs in the New Millennium: A Field of Dreams"

Tom Hill, Iowa State University

November 4-6, 2001

Cleveland, Ohio

"Rock 'n Roll into the 21st Century: A New Agenda for Student Affairs"

Narbeth Emmanuel, Southern Illiniois University - Edwardsville

November 3-5, 2002

Skokie, Illinois

"Navigating in New Times"

Linda Deanna, University of Illiniois Chicago

November 2-4, 2003

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Gathering by the Water 2003"

Steve McLaughlin, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

October 31 - November 2, 2004

Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Building a Grand Community"

Todd Holcomb, Iowa State University

October 23-25, 2005

Schaumburg, Illinois

"Time to Build Innovations in the Architecture of Student Affairs"

Jim Hoppe, Macalaster College

November 5-7, 2006

Oak Brook, Illinois

"A New Day: challenge, collaboration, change"

Brian Hemphill, Northern Illinois University

November 11-13, 2007

Indianapolis, Indiana

"The Crossroads of Student Affairs, Today's Visions, Tomorrow's Reality"

Suzanne Phillips, Indiana University Bloomington

November 2-4, 2008

Indianapolis, Indiana

"Planting the Seeds For the Future of Student Affairs"

Kory Vitangelli, University of Indianapolis

November 8-10, 2009

Lombard, Illinois

"Changing Times, Enduring Values"

Eileen Sullivan, Elmhurst College

November 7-9, 2010

Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Together: Innovative Practice, Creative Discovery"

Lisa Erwin University of Minnesota Duluth & Connie Gores, Winona State University

November, 2011

Evanston, Illinois

"Reinvent. Reimagine. Reawaken"

Anna Gonzalez, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

November 4-6, 2012

Madison, Wisconsin

"Blurring the Lines: Focusing Together on Student Transformation"

Rob Kelly, Loyola University Chicago

November 3-5, 2013

Skokie, Illinois

"Courageous Voices: Take a Stand, Make a Choice"

Joianne Smith, Oakton Community College & John Lehman, Michigan Technological University

November 2-4, 2014

Columbus, Ohio

"The Future of Higher Education: Forging New Paths for Student Affairs"

Kimberlie Goldsberry,Ohilo Wesleyan University & Lance Phillips, Ohio State University

November 8-10, 2015

Schaumburg, Illinois

"Renaissance: A Regional Celebration"

November 15-16, 2016

St. Louis, Missouri

Joint conference with Region IV-West

Jim Hoppe, Macalaster College & Shana Meyer, Northeastern State University

November 12-14, 2017

Detroit, Michigan

"re:Detroit"

Bernard Little, DePaul University & David Strauss, Wayne State University

  • Robert Etheridge, Regional Vice President 1967-1968 and 1970-1971

  • William Nester, Regional Vice President 1972-1974