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Region I

Region I is dedicated to serving the needs of NASPA members in what would broadly be described as New England, eastern Canada, and western Europe. Our goal is to provide members with a forum to address regional issues while providing specialized professional development and networking opportunities.

Message from the Chair

Colleagues, It is with great appreciation for all you do that I invite you to engage with our Region I community. Whether through our annual fall conference, a state drive-in, an institute, or involvement as a volunteer, there exist various ways for you to learn with, and garner support from, the many talented individuals who make up our Region. In so doing you will access an amazing network of resources that can enhance your own professional experience, your campuses, and the students you serve each day.


Regions provide an opportunity for NASPA members to connect with each other on a local level that’s unique to the organization. We take this responsibility seriously at Region I and strive to continually develop new ways to grow our members with new professional development opportunities, strengthen the bonds between our institution members, and use our unique geographical perspective to address our local issues.

The Region has published Advisory Board Meetings Minutes  and Board Reports for members to  read and review. To read them Click on More.


Region I encompasses the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec; and the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Chronicle of NASPA Region I

The following chronicle details some of the important events, projects, or initiatives that were created by Region I since 1989. Each piece of information is found in the minutes taken during Region I Advisory Board Meetings, which are also located on the website for further reference.

Date                      Event, Project, or Initiative

January 1989

Membership goal of 455 exceeded by 10% to 488 members ∞

May 1990

ACPA and NASPA joined forces to form the Maine Association of Student Affairs Personnel, marketing heavily toward undergraduate students; Region I only region with a Network Coordinator.

August 1990

Membership is 499 ∞

September 1990

Andy Matthews named as Region I liaison to Canadian and International Members to recruit and increase members.

May 1991

Placement Conference takes place at Babson College (MA) with 200+ candidates and 50+ positions – giving Regions II and III the idea to host a similar conference.

April 1991

Kathleen Yorkis, dean of Student Affairs, Bentley College (MA) attends White House Briefing on Fraternities

May 1991

Region I paves the way for opportunities and discussion of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual conversation through the GLB Network. ““Region I has much to be proud of.  There are a number of regions where gay, lesbian and bisexual are not easily or openly addressed.  The network is appreciative of opportunities this region has made available.  These include: space in the newsletter, display space at the regional conference, sessions on the conference program, encouragement from regional leadership.  The continuation of these opportunities is anticipated.”

May 1991

Membership is 587 ∞

September 1991

Regional Advisory Board approves formation of a Disability Network for Region I

December 1991

Paula Rooney, Vice President of Student Affairs from Babson College (MA), and Region I Past Vice President, announced as a candidate for the President-Elect of NASPA.

December 1991

Membership up to 594 members ∞

January 1992

Region I’s Disability Network approved at the national level

February 1992

Region I teleconference on “Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Students” cosponsored by NASPA & ACPA

September 1992

NH sponsors statewide conference for students of color

December 1992

Region I develops “Discussion Group” on the Internet

January 1993

622 members ∞

March 1993

NASPA Annual Conference held in Boston, MA celebrating the 75th Anniversary of NASPA

March 1993

717 members ∞

September 1993

888 members in Region I.  The region is flourishing having had hosted the Annual Conference in Boston, picking up an additional 300 members from the conference. ∞

September 1994

Region I Network for Women in Student Affairs co-hosts with Interventions Consulting Group: Women Transforming College Campuses at Worcester State College (MA), facilitated by Peggy Jablonski of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

July 1994

Began the planning and implementation in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology to provide a three-day workshop on technology for senior student affairs officers

July 1994

International Education Network Created for the purposes of encouraging professional connections with colleagues in other countries

November 1995

NASPA revised its strategic plan and mission impacting goals and focus of Region I

June 1996

Joint day conference with International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) IACLEA in Springfield, MA

October 1997

Regional drive in conference for new professionals and Graduate Students at Trinity College in Collaboration with NEACUHO

March 1997

Jack Warner of Bristol Community College (MA) in Region I becomes president of NASPA

September 1998

NASPA Region I exceed goals for membership with 121 institutional members and 755 individual memberships ∞

November 2002

An undergraduate conference track was created at the regional conference in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

January 2003

First Mid-level Institute was established to help mid-levels in career development by Dave Zamojski

June 2007

The undergraduate pre-conference was renamed to Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) in Burlington, Vermont

November 2007

35th anniversary of the Region I conference which featured a band called “Back in Time”

January 2009

New Professionals Mentoring Institute created to provide mentoring and professional development to new professionals by Laura DeVeau & Jenn Kosses

July 2009

NASPA Region I Ireland conference created to establish greater connection amongst members abroad, 40 in attendance.

March 2009

Faculty Summit becomes a part of the Region I Conference

November 2010

Lunch and learn workshops integrated into the Region I conference in Manchester, New Hampshire

June 2011

Region I hosts a Switzerland Conference at Franklin College themed “Integrating Residential Communities in International Environments” is launched to encourage greater discussion across borders, ten different countries were represented

June 2013

NASPA Region I is represented in the Boston Gay Pride Parade, first time NASPA is represented in a parade in its history. 

April 2013

Candid Conversations program is started at Region I conference in Rockport, Maine

April 2016

Mid–level, senior level position added to Region I advisory board

November 2016

Region I advisory board offers support for institutions and colleagues given new FLSA requirements

Get Involved

NASPA Regions are run and supported entirely by the continued hard work and contributions of our volunteers. Region I offers numerous volunteer positions and opportunities for our members to become involved. Whether it’s taking on a leadership role or helping out at a drive-in, there’s something for everyone.

Region I State and Province Director Nominations

NASPA Region I is currently seeking nominations for State/Province Directors to serve on the Region I Advisory Board. State and Province Directors are the stewards of the NASPA state and province-level association. Through their service, they ensure the continuation of an effective and quality professional organization.

State Director Responsibilities

State/Province Directors provide state leadership for NASPA Region I and represent the interests of student affairs professionals in their state to the Region I Advisory Board. They also play a key role in the recruitment and retention of NASPA members within their state:

  • Make appointments of professionals within the membership to the various project/interest/state boards.
  • Explore/develop opportunities for networking and professional development activities within the membership. Some of these may include coordinating drive-in conferences, co-sponsoring conferences or workshops with other associations or areas, or providing other programs congruent with NASPA strategic initiatives. Provide NASPA membership pamphlets at any membership events.
  • Support the regional and national initiatives of NASPA.
  • Convey information to the membership of NASPA, as requested. This includes ensuring that the state/province/European website is current and regular contributions to the Region I Newsletter are submitted.
  • Encourage institutional and professional membership.
  • Serve as liaison with leaders in other professional associations.
  • Provide reports of membership activities at Regional Advisory Board Meetings, and submitting a report to the Regional Vice President prior to the National Board Meeting (three times per year).
  • Collaborate with KC's on programming.
  • Attend Regional Advisory Board Meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Region I Vice President.

Nomination Process

To submit nominations for STATE DIRECTOR positions, please visit:

To submit nominations for the REGIONAL DIRECTOR position, please vist:

The timeline for nominations is as follows:

  • Call for nominations goes out to the membership via email next week (August 7th)
  • Nominations are submitted via google form
  • Nominations are due by Friday September 14th
  • Mid-September – October – Committee will contact candidates who have been nominated to gauge interest
  • November 1st – Nomination packets are due
  • November (at the Regional Conference) – Committee will meet to select final candidates
  • November 16th Final Candidate materials submitted to NASPA Office

The timeline for elections is as follows:

  • November 16th – Candidate Material Submitted to NASPA Office
  • December – NASPA prepares ballot
  • January 2019 – Ballots are sent out to NASPA membership – voting is open for one month
  • February 2019 – Candidates are notified and election results are shared
  • March 2019 – Elected candidates begin their term


Please contact Past Regional Director, Beth Moriarty

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Advisory Board

The Region I Advisory Board oversees the various operations of the Region as well as representing the state organizations within Region I and coordinating with the Knowledge Communities, Divisions, and other constituents.



One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.


Signature Initiatives

New Professionals Mentoring Institute (NPMI)

“Take Entry Level to the Next Level”

In continuing the tradition of providing unique and high quality professional development opportunities, NASPA Region I is proud to offer the 10th Annual New Professional Mentoring Institute (NPMI). The NPMI was launched in the fall of 2008 as a means to provide new, full-time professionals in their first two (2) years in the profession instructional sessions co-facilitated by seasoned student affairs administrators and faculty, as well as mentorship from a mid-level or senior level Student Affairs professional.   The program takes place over the course of four sessions, which run from January to May.

For more information, please go to the 2019 NPMI event page

Mid-Level Institute (MLI)

“Making the Most of the Middle”

A Region I signature event, the Mid-Level Institute provides professionals with 5-8 years of professional experience an opportunity to explore the challenges and rewards of leading from the middle.  The cohort based model increases regional connections and offers mentorship from a chief student affairs officer.  The engaging sessions with seasoned student affairs officers, the collegial support, and the time for reflection all make the institute a unique experience.  The Institute is scheduled for four days, one day in each of the months of March through June.

For more information, please go to the 2019 MLI event page.

Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT): Investing in the Future of the Profession

The Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) conference is designed to help undergraduate students explore the field of student affairs as a career path. Participants will have the opportunity to meet other student leaders who share their same interests, discover the variety of functional areas available to them, meet professionals in the field who will provide guidance, mentorship and direction, and have a chance to learn about and meet representatives from the various graduate programs in student affairs in our region.

To apply, please go to the 2017 NASPA Region I SALT Conference Event Page.

Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute

The Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute is an opportunity for Chief Student Affairs Officers/Vice-Presidents of Student Affairs to discuss topics and issues relevant to their positions. The Institute includes a dinner on Sunday Night and a half-day of programs on Monday. The topic of the SSAO Institute changes every year.



Strategic Plan

NASPA National Strategic Plan Goals

  • Deliver dynamic, innovative, and timely professional development and volunteer engagement opportunities to build the leadership capacities and effectiveness of student affairs professionals
  • Generate scholarship and disseminate knowledge that supports evidence-based, innovative, inclusive, and socially just student affairs practices
  • Lead public policy and advocacy efforts that shape the changing landscape of student affairs within higher education
  • Provide leadership for student affairs in integrating existing and emerging technologies
  • Develop and promote NASPA’s identity as a global student affairs association