February 26, 2013 — Coral Gables — Pat Whitely, vice president for student affairs at the University of Miami, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors for NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), bringing to the role more than 30 years of experience in her field.
Whitely, who has served NASPA in various capacities for more than 20 years, becomes the first administrator in UM history to ever be elected chair of the NASPA Board. “My expertise as a nationally recognized practitioner will enable me to assist NASPA in articulating the critical nature of our current challenges, and to develop further strategies to address them with a focus on the diversity of institutional types within our organization,” said Whitely, who has served as UM’s vice president for students affairs since 1997.
Whitely will assume the chair-elect position in March during the 2013 NASPA Annual Conference in Orlando. She will take on full duties as chair on March 18, 2014, and will serve a one-year term.
Whitely said that it is critical that NASPA continues to strengthen its position as the recognized voice for student affairs in public policy at the national level. As newly elected chair, Whitely said that she will work with the NASPA board and President Kevin Kruger to continue to raise the organization’s national and global reputation, sharpen advocacy efforts when representing members, ensure that NASPA be viewed as the voice of student affairs, strengthen its support of students’ academic success on all campuses; and undertake initiatives to prepare future student affairs leaders.
Prior to Whitely’s appointment as UM’s vice president for student affairs, she served as director of student life from 1994 to 1997. Whitely also served from 1982 to 1994 as UM’s residence coordinator, assistant director of residence halls, and associate director of residence halls.
UM’s student community has honored her with numerous awards. NASPA Region III awarded her the “John Jones Award” for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Professional in June 2012, and she is also a recipient of the 2009 NASPA Pillar of the Profession.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, serving a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of colleges and universities. It was founded in 1919 and currently comprises more than 13,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and eight U.S. territories.
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