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Late Virginia Tech vice president of student affairs honored by National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation


BLACKSBURG, Va., March 31, 2009 – Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, Virginia Tech’s previous vice president of student affairs, was honored posthumously by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation’s as a “Pillar of the Profession” at the 2009 NASPA Annual Conference held in Seattle, Wash., earlier this month.

Hikes was one of 12 student affairs professionals honored with this award. She served as vice president of student affairs from 2005 until her passing in October 2008.

The following is the 2009 class of Pillars of the Profession:

  • Jill E. Carnaghi, associate vice chancellor for students/dean of campus life; Washington University in St. Louis
  • Arthur A. Costantino, vice president for student affairs; The Evergreen State College
  • Thomas M. Crady, dean of the college; Dartmouth College
  • William J. Flanagan, vice president for student affairs and dean of students; Beloit College
  • Brian O. Hemphill, vice president for student affairs and associate professor; Northern Illinois University
  • Zenobia Lawrence Hikes (posthumous) vice president for student affairs; Virginia Tech
  • Susan Hunter Hancock, assistant dean and chief financial and administrative officer for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; University of California, Riverside
  • Carmen A. Jordan-Cox, vice president for student affairs; Rowan University
  • Robert J. Naples, associate vice chancellor for student and campus life and dean of students; University of California, Los Angeles
  • Thomas C. Shandley, vice president for student life and dean of students; Davidson College
  • Lisa J. Waits, interim superintendent/president; Solano Community College
  • Lori White, vice president for student affairs; Southern Methodist University
  • Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs; University of Miami

Find more information on NASPA Pillars of the Profession online.

NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy, and practice and affirms the commitment of the student affairs profession to educating the whole student and integrating student life and learning. With more than 11,000 members at 1,400 campuses and representing 29 countries, NASPA is the foremost professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty and graduate and undergraduate students. NASPA members are committed to serving college students by embracing the core values of diversity, learning, integrity, collaboration, access, service, fellowship, and the spirit of inquiry.

The NASPA Foundation's mission is to advance the student affairs profession by connecting the present with the future, celebrating achievement, supporting research and best practices and honoring history.

The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services. Virtually every aspect of a student's life outside the classroom is represented through the division's departments.