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Each year at the annual NASPA Conference, the NASPA Foundation recognizes a series of distinguished individuals who have served as leaders, teachers, and scholars in student affairs and higher education. Each individual is nominated and supported for designation as a Pillar by colleagues, students, friends, or others who find them deserving of this honor. If selected as a Pillar, the nominator and selected Foundation Board member will raise $2,500 in the name of the individual being nominated to further research and scholarship in student affairs.
The NASPA Foundation’s Pillar of the Profession Award honors members of the profession who:
- Are individuals of sustained professional distinction in the higher education field, as defined by donors and supporters
- Have served in leadership roles in NASPA, either regionally or nationally
- Are being recognized or remembered by colleagues, friends, students, or student organizations for extraordinary service
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Nominations may be submitted by individual NASPA members, family members, students, a NASPA Region, a NASPA member institution, students or a student organization at a NASPA member institution or other individuals associated with the student affairs profession. If selected as a Pillar, the nominator and selected Foundation Board member will raise $2,500 in the name of the nominate. The NASPA Foundation will vote to approve nominations at the annual September Board meeting and inform the nominee of their selection by late October. The Pillar of the Profession class will be formally recognized at the NASPA Annual Conference. If the nomination was not selected, the name will move forward for one year. After this the nominator would need to nominate the individual again. A current resume and up to three letters are required to nominate a Pillar of the Profession.
Nominations for the 2019 class closed Friday, August 3, 2018. 2019 Pillars of the Profession will be shared October 2018; a list of past Pillars of the Profession is available here.
John L. Blackburn Distinguished Pillars
The John L. Blackburn Distinguished Pillar Award
This award is presented annually in conjunction with the Pillars of the Profession award. The Foundation Board selects a previous Pillar of the Profession who has continued to grow and strengthen the student affairs field. This is the NASPA Foundation’s highest honor.