Region IV-E

Region IV-E

Region IV-East is dedicated to serving the needs of NASPA members in what would broadly be described as Upper Midwest. Our goal is to provide members with a forum to address regional issues while providing specialized professional development and networking opportunities.

Message from the Regional Director

Greetings from Chicago, Illinois, and thank you for visiting the webpage of NASPA IV-E, the region where NASPA was founded. What an honor for me to serve as regional director, placing the needs and concerns of our portion of the Mighty Midwest first. In accepting the nomination to serve, I committed to being a Regional Director and leading a team that seeks to serve our members with transparency, a commitment to care, and giving the assurance that we will commit to doing what we can to enhance the professional development experiences for all members.

I commit to ensuring that this organization is one that serves all, regardless of title, level of seniority, or institution type. We commit to providing members with regular communication regarding regional business, opportunities for collaboration, enhanced professional development both at conferences and beyond, and investment in the future of our profession. This is not a time to be complacent. This moment calls for leaders who will work collaboratively to take their positions of advocacy and support seriously. As you serve the students of our future, we commit to serving you. We by no means are a perfect board, but we are a committed board, for such a time as this!

We are delighted to serve you!


Who We Are

Regions provide an opportunity for NASPA members to connect with each other on a local level that’s unique to the organization. Region IV-E is the organizational vehicle to accomplish NASPA's mission within the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Canadian province of Ontario). We are committed to fulfilling NASPA's mission through professionally relevant and personally meaningful activities, programs and resources.

Our goals include:

  • Increasing communication and connectivity with one another.
  • Providing enriched opportunities for learning and cultivating professional development activities to meet the needs of our profession.
  • Building a greater sense of community and providing a home for our members.
  • Ensuring that national initiatives inform our regional activities and our ongoing growth, development, and contributions as student affairs professionals are demonstrated through our actions.

Regional activities are provided through conferences, workshops, publications, technology, networks and other opportunities that promote personal and professional learning and colleagiallity. All of which are designed to include progressive and purposeful practices that promote organizational effectiveness and student learning and development.

Simultaneously, Region IV-E leadership strives to provide professional enrichment opportunities that ensure and renew our ability to work well by providing colleagueship that transcends our individual positions.


Region IV-East encompasses the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota; and the Canadian province of Ontario.

Strategic Priorities

NASPA Region IV-E is committed to advancing our field. To aid in these efforts, the region has developed the following Strategic Priorities:

Professional Development
  • Deliver vibrant and diverse professional development to serve the breadth of needs and opportunities within our region.
  • Assess existing professional development opportunities to determine scope of service and identify gaps along a variety of criteria (professional level served, institutional type relevancy, geography, etc.)
  • Expand efforts to ensure regional professional development is accessible and affordable, leveraging technology where appropriate.
  • Actively seek collaborative partnerships with relevant professional organizations to serve the professional development needs of both.
  • Develop resources and strategies for deploying both adaptive and timely responses to emergent issues within the region.
  • Develop and implement a data-driven approach to recruitment, support, and engagement of our constituencies (corporate partners, individual members, member institutions, non-profit partners). 
  • Conduct an asset mapping process to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as related to membership engagement. 
  • Create feedback mechanisms to better understand membership perceptions about NASPA IV-E for those who both choose be involved and not (first-time attendees, faculty, mid-level professionals, etc.).
  • Develop membership recruitment and engagement strategies, leveraging both the resources available via the NASPA Central office, and the state membership coordinators.
  • Develop and implement a communication strategy for the IV-E membership. 
  • Identify gaps between the needs of American college and university members and Canadian college and university members and how NASPA Region IV-E can serve both. 
Long-term Strategic Planning
  • Establish a long-term strategic resource direction that is both comprehensive and flexible, and aligns with the NASPA strategic plan. 
  • Establish measures to guide and enhance the viability of our annual regional conferences
  • Design a strategic and sound ten-year financial plan for the region.
  • Develop a comprehensive regional operations calendar designed to help direct the business of the region.
  • Document guiding philosophies and expectations regarding the onboarding, training, development, off-boarding of regional board members.
Inclusion and Equity
  • Actively champion and create spaces, resources, and programs for professionals in underrepresented communities, in all functional areas, and at all stages of their career.
  • Conduct an intentional assessment of the cost (time, resources) of being an active member of our region.
  • Conduct a power analysis of key processes and procedures of NASPA IV-E, and evolve same to be inclusive and equitable for the full membership.
  • Identify and adopt strategies to ensure executive leadership positions of our advisory board will be representative of our diverse membership and students.
  • Create transparent and open communication and planning strategies designed to include multiple voices and perspectives, and to enhance transparency of regional decision-making processes.
  • Provide specific professional development opportunities for professionals from equity seeking groups at intentional moments in their career (entry, mid-level, seeking executive positions, etc.)

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Advisory Board

The Region IV-East Advisory Board oversees the various operations of the Region as well as representing the state organizations within Region IV-East and coordinating with the Knowledge Communities.


The deadline to submit your award nominations is Wednesday, August 11, 2021 

Winners will be notified in September and the presentation of the awards will be at the 2021 NASPA IV-E Regional Conference in November. 

Regional Knowledge Community Representatives

The Region IV-East Knowledge Communities Co-cordinators oversees the various operations of the Knowledge Communities Representatives. Get involved by contacting the specific KC Representatives.

Knowledge Community Representatives


One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.

If you are interested in planning an event for the Region, you must fill out this form. The completed form will be sent to your Regional Director and Regional Treasurer for approval. Once approved, they will connect with the NASPA Central Office and a staff member will reach out to you for training and event set-up.


It's no secret student affairs has its roots in our region. As the birthplace of the profession, Region IV-East is steeped in tradition and has a rich history of paving the way as innovators of promising practices in higher education.

NASPA IV-East Regional Vice Presidents/Directors
TermNASPA IV-E Regional Vice President/Director

1967-1968 (Region V)

Robert F. Etheridge, Vice President for Student Affairs Miami University of Ohio 


John Truitt, Vice President for Student Affairs, Indiana State University

1970-1971 (Region IV-East)

Rober F. Etheridge, Vice President for Student Affairs Miami University of Ohio 


Thomas Schreck, Dean of Students, Indiana University


William R. Nester, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, University of Cincinnati


Donald A. Adams, Vice President for Student Life, Drake University


Stanley R. Levy, Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Illinois-Urbana


Stanley B. Escott, Dean of Students, Manchester College


Henry Johnson, Vice President for Student Services, University of Michigan


Thomas B. Theilen, Vice President for Student Affairs, Iowa State University


Harvey Welch, Jr., Vice President for Student Affairs, Southern Illinois University


Joan M. Claar, Dean of Students, DePauw University


Richard Bredemeier, Vice President for Student Life, Kent State University


Daniel C. Robinson, Professor of Higher Education, Iowa State University


Carmen Witte, Dean of Students, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Daniel C. Robinson, Professor of Higher Education, Iowa State University


Theresa A. Powell, Vice President for Student Affairs, Western Michigan University


Dick McKaig, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Indiana University


Barb Jones, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater


Mary Desler, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Northwestern University


Tom Crady, Dean of Students, Grinnell College


Levester Johnson (L.J.), Vice President of Student Affairs, Butler University


Les Cook, Vice President for Student Affairs, Michigan Technological University


Renee Romano, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Peggy Burke, Associate Vice President for Student Development, DePaul University


Kimberlie Goldsberry, Vice President and Dean of Students, Carthage College


Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff for Student Affairs, Northwestern University


Danita Brown Young, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Regional Conferences




Conference Chair(s)

February 10-12, 1985

South Bend, Indiana

"Dimensions of Unity"

Tom Coyne, Margaret Healy

February 9-11, 1986

Bloomingdale, Illinois

"Individual and Institutional Integrity"


November 6-8, 1987 (Joint Conference with Region IV-West)

St. Louis, Missouri

"Joint Venture: We Make a Difference" 

Lawrence Pasquini, University of Wisconsin Osh Kosh & Susanne Gordon, University of Arkansas Fayetteville

February 3-5, 1989

Indianapolis, Indiana

"Higher Education at the Crossroads: Setting the Agenda for the '90's"


February 4-6, 1990

St. Charles, Illinois

"Remembrance, Reform, and Renewal"

Bill Riley, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

February 3-5, 1991

Columbus, Ohio

"Refocusing Our Vision: Campus As Community"


February 2-4, 1992

Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Preserving Our Past While Peparing Our Future"

Paul Parker, Loyola University Chicago

January 31 - February 2, 1993

Des Moines, Iowa

"Student Affairs 2000: Changes, Challenges, Choices"

Mary Desler, North Central College

January 30 - February 1, 1994

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Student Affairs in the 90's: New Realities, New Paradigms"


February 5-7, 1995

Dearborn, Michigan

"Constructing Highways to the Future: A Student Affairs Challenge"

Theresa Powell, Western Michigan University

February 4-6, 1996

Indianapolis, Indiana

"The Promise of Community: The Ongoing Challenge"

Mary Skorheim, University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh

February, 1997

Columbus, Ohio


February 1-3, 1998

Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Crossing Boundaries"

Jerry Price, Drake University

January 31 - February 2, 1999

Oak Brook, Illinois

"Reflecting on the Past: Looking into the Future"

Robert Gatti, Otterbein College

February 6-8, 2000

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"Student Affairs in the New Millennium: A Field of Dreams"

Tom Hill, Iowa State University

November 4-6, 2001

Cleveland, Ohio

"Rock 'n Roll into the 21st Century: A New Agenda for Student Affairs"

Narbeth Emmanuel, Southern Illiniois University - Edwardsville

November 3-5, 2002

Skokie, Illinois

"Navigating in New Times"

Linda Deanna, University of Illiniois Chicago

November 2-4, 2003

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Gathering by the Water 2003"

Steve McLaughlin, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

October 31 - November 2, 2004

Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Building a Grand Community"

Todd Holcomb, Iowa State University

October 23-25, 2005

Schaumburg, Illinois

"Time to Build Innovations in the Architecture of Student Affairs"

Jim Hoppe, Macalaster College

November 5-7, 2006

Oak Brook, Illinois

"A New Day: challenge, collaboration, change"

Brian Hemphill, Northern Illinois University

November 11-13, 2007

Indianapolis, Indiana

"The Crossroads of Student Affairs, Today's Visions, Tomorrow's Reality"

Suzanne Phillips, Indiana University Bloomington

November 2-4, 2008

Indianapolis, Indiana

"Planting the Seeds For the Future of Student Affairs"

Kory Vitangelli, University of Indianapolis

November 8-10, 2009

Lombard, Illinois

"Changing Times, Enduring Values"

Eileen Sullivan, Elmhurst College

November 7-9, 2010

Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Together: Innovative Practice, Creative Discovery"

Lisa Erwin, University of Minnesota Duluth & Connie Gores, Winona State University

November, 2011

Evanston, Illinois

"Reinvent. Reimagine. Reawaken"

Anna Gonzalez, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

November 4-6, 2012

Madison, Wisconsin

"Blurring the Lines: Focusing Together on Student Transformation"

Rob Kelly, Loyola University Chicago

November 3-5, 2013

Skokie, Illinois

"Courageous Voices: Take a Stand, Make a Choice"

Joianne Smith, Oakton Community College & John Lehman, Michigan Technological University

November 2-4, 2014

Columbus, Ohio

"The Future of Higher Education: Forging New Paths for Student Affairs"

Kimberlie Goldsberry, Ohio Wesleyan University & Lance Phillips, Ohio State University

November 8-10, 2015

Schaumburg, Illinois

"Renaissance: A Regional Celebration"

Danita Brown Young, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities & Keith O'Neill, Harper College

November 15-16, 2016

St. Louis, Missouri

Joint conference with Region IV-West

Jim Hoppe, Macalaster College & Shana Meyer, Northeastern State University

November 12-14, 2017

Detroit, Michigan


Bernard Little, DePaul University & David Strauss, Wayne State University

November 11-13, 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

100 Years of NASPA

Nikki Letawsky Shultz, University of Minnesota & Renee Dowdy, Marquette University


November 2-5, 2019

Des Moines, Iowa

Rooted in our Values, Advocating for Change

Tess Barker,  University of Michigan - Flint & James Stewart, DePaul University

November 1-3, 2020

Chicago, Illinois

WEnvision Our Future

Region IV-West & East Joint Conference

Michael Anthony, Prairie State College & Thomas Lane, Kansas State University