Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers InitiativeS
James Stascavage serves as senior director of leadership and senior student affairs officers initiatives at NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the largest student affairs association in the United States with nearly 16,000 individual and 1,600 institutional members. In his role, James leads NASPA’s engagement strategy and related efforts that pertain to SSAOs, and his work has a sharp focus as well on small colleges and universities.
Prior to joining NASPA in 2012, James served as a Student Life dean at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2004, he left private higher education to assume the post of dean of student affairs at the University of California, San Diego’s newest undergraduate college, Sixth College, founded in 2002. In 2011, James returned to the East Coast when he was appointed to serve as the director of student life at Montgomery College, an open-access two-year college in Rockville, Maryland.
James’ areas of professional interest include adult education, leadership development, career development and transitions in higher education, innovation and change leadership, and diversity and inclusion in higher education.
James, a first-generation college student, earned his bachelor’s degree in Government and Philosophy from Dartmouth College and later earned a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College’s Lynch Graduate School of Education.
James lives with his husband, Gary, in the Truxton Circle neighborhood of the District of Columbia and enjoys cooking, international travel, the arts, and fostering dogs.