FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2011
Kaaryn Keller, (202) 719-1177
(WASHINGTON) Today, Kevin William Kruger was announced as the new president* of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The announcement came after an extensive national search following the announcement of current NASPA Executive Director Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy's retirement, effective March 31, 2012.
In her announcement to the membership, NASPA President Patricia Telles-Irvin said,
Dr. Kruger brings to the presidency an extensive organizational history and distinguished professional background. His career represents more than 30 years of experience as a student affairs leader, during which he has worked as a tireless consensus builder, earning the respect of his colleagues and peers.
Over the span of his career, Dr. Kruger has developed a leadership style marked by strategic thinking, collaborative leadership, and accountability. His multifaceted background, passion for the student affairs profession, and ability to lead strategically embody the ideal mix of talent and vision needed to carry NASPA into the future.
"I am thrilled and humbled with the opportunity to serve as NASPA's first president. NASPA is a thriving organization with a strong and successful history – and I am proud to be a part of its future. These are challenging times in higher education and it is vital that student affairs perspectives be represented in the national dialogue around issues of access, student success, and degree completion," said Kruger.
For the past 18 years, Kruger has been the associate executive director of NASPA, where he has served as the chief operating and financial officer for the association. Prior to NASPA, Kruger worked as a student affairs professional for 15 years at various institutions including Southern Methodist University, the University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has published and presented nationally on leadership development, technology and student learning, student affairs administration, and international education. Kruger received his PhD and MA from the University of Maryland and is a proud alumnus of the University at Albany.
He is also the proud father of two children (Kevin and Kerry).
*The title change from executive director to president reflects a bylaw change earlier this year. The current NASPA "president" position will change to Chair, NASPA Board of Directors.