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 


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 


Thomas Schreck, Dean of Students, Indiana University


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


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


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


Stanley B. Escott, Dean of Students, Manchester College


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


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


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


Joan M. Claar, Dean of Students, DePauw University


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Tom Crady, Dean of Students, Grinnell College


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Regional Conferences




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, Ohio Wesleyan University & Lance Phillips, Ohio State University

November 8-10, 2015

Schaumburg, Illinois

"Renaissance: A Regional Celebration"

Danita Brown Young, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities & Keith O'Neill, Harper College

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


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

November 11-13, 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

100 Years of NASPA

Nikki Letawsky Shultz, University of Minnesota & Renee Dowdy, Marquette University

November 2-5, 2019

Des Moines, Iowa

Rooted in our Values, Advocating for Change

Tess Barker,  University of Michigan - Flint & James Stewart, DePaul University