Lori Reesor’s peers award her the title of Pillar of the Profession
UND Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Reesor recently was named a Pillar of the Profession by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), an organization of students affairs administrators in higher education.
NASPA is the nation’s leading organization for the advancement, health and sustainability of student affairs professions.
Each year at the annual NASPA Conference — which was held this year in March in New Orleans — 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 him or her deserving of this honor. In the nominee’s name, a gift of $2,500 is made to the Foundation 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.
- Significant lifetime contributions to the higher education field.
“I got involved with NASPA when I was a graduate student at Iowa State University, Ames,” said Reesor, who has spent her career after graduate school in higher education. “The president of the National Association of [Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education association was one of my professors and encouraged me to join.”
Reesor last year was elected to the NASPA Foundation Board, the charitable fund-raising arm of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. 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.
Reesor has served as Vice President for Student Affairs at UND 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.
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.
About the NASPA Foundation
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.
About the UND Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
The Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for providing leadership to the campus and Division of Student Affairs. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President is committed to the general welfare and vitality of the institution and is a primary liaison between Student Affairs and other major components of the University. The Vice President for Student Affairs is an advocate for students and seeks to create a positive learning environment for all students especially outside the classroom. The VP is also responsible for policy, long-range planning, budget, personnel, and coordination of the departments which together comprise the Division of Student Affairs.
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