University of North Dakota Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Reesor recently was elected to the NASPA Foundation Board, the charitable fund-raising arm of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Reesor’s position on the NASPA Foundation board is one of many leadership roles she’s held while affiliated with NASPA. From 1999-2002, she was a regional vice president and served on NASPA’s Board of Directors.
Reesor also served as a member of NASPA’s National Conference Planning Committee in 2005, as well as a Regional Awards Coordinator from 2007-2010. She has been a NASPA Faculty Fellow since 2009.
NASPA is the nation’s leading organization for the advancement, health and sustainability of student affairs professions.
Reesor has served as UND Vice President for Student Affairs since February, 2011. She is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive student services division which includes areas of recruitment, financial aid, student life, housing, multicultural services, and health and wellness areas.
Reesor came to UND from the University of Kansas (KU), where she’d been instructor and Associate Vice Provost for Student Success since 2006. She has extensive professional experience in student life, enrollment management and academics. Also at KU, Reesor served as associate director of admissions, assistant to the dean of educational services, assistant director of new student orientation, and residence hall director.
Reesor also was assistant and associate dean in the School of Education and assistant professor and adjunct instructor in higher education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and served as Dean of Students at Wichita State University.
In addition to her responsibilities as vice president and her leadership roles with NASPA, Reesor has continued to do research related to new professionals in student affairs, women in higher education and academic leadership.
Reesor earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater, her master’s from Iowa State in Ames, where she specialized in higher education; and her doctorate in educational policy and leadership from KU.
The NASPA Foundation was originally established during the NASPA presidency of John Blackburn (1973-74) as the NASPA Institute for Research and Development (NIRAD). Blackburn believed that over time NIRAD could become a fund to support the professional activities of NASPA and in particular to encourage research and development in the field of Student Affairs.
In 1989, NIRAD was renamed the NASPA Foundation. Incorporated in the District of Columbia, the Foundation was organized for purposes that were to be “…exclusively charitable, educational and scientific…” in the promotion of research and the advancement and development of student affairs.
The NASPA Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that meets twice a year. The NASPA President, Past-president and the Chairs of the Research Division are ex-officio members of the Board. The NASPA Executive Director serves as Treasurer of the Foundation.
In addition to raising $100,000 that was matched by a “forgivable loan” from NASPA, The Foundation currently has net assets of over $500,000. It is the intent of the Foundation to continue to develop the endowment fund of the Foundation so that it can fulfill its purpose.
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