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VP of Student Affairs Receives Nat’l Award

W. Houston Dougharty
W. Houston Dougharty

W. Houston Dougharty, Hofstra’s Vice President for Student Affairs, has been named a 2018 Pillar of the Profession by NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, the leading international organization in student affairs.

“My last 34 years of working with students and colleagues have been a true pleasure,” said Dougharty, who came to Hofstra in 2014. “I am both humbled and honored to be named a NASPA Pillar of the Profession, especially in the centennial year of our organization. Being welcomed into this group of amazing colleagues in Philadelphia in March will be a career highlight.”

During his tenure, the Division of Student Affairs been named one of the nation’s  “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by The Ohio State University, the American College Personnel Association, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education for two consecutive years (2016, 2017).

“Vice President Dougharty is an innovator who is always seeking new ways to ensure our students have the best possible college experience, and Hofstra is richer for it,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “He loves interacting with students and it shows in everything he does.”

NASPA annually recognizes a small number of distinguished professionals who have served as leaders, teachers, and scholars in student affairs and higher education.

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 recognized or remembered by colleagues, friends, students, or student organizations for extraordinary service
  • have made significant contributions over their lifetime to the higher education field

Jim Hoppe, vice president & dean of campus life at Emerson College, recommended Dougharty for the honor.  “Houston is the epitome of a student-focused professional,” Hoppe wrote. “He is an unabashed champion of creating positive student experiences.”

Dougharty previously received the Outstanding Senior Student Affairs Officer award from NASPA Region IV-East and the Distinguished Service to the Profession award from the Iowa Student Personnel Association. He has also served as senior student affairs officer at Grinnell College (IA), Lewis & Clark College (OR), and his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Puget Sound (WA).

“Any successes I have enjoyed are due to the amazing mentors, colleagues, and students I have had on the eight campuses where I have learned and worked,” Dougharty said. “It is a joy to be a part of college campuses where student learning and development are valued”


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