SUNY Fredonia Vice President Cedric Howard to receive national award

Dr. Cedric Howard

Each year, NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, recognizes members who are doing outstanding work in the student affairs profession. Cedric Howard, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services at the State University of New York at Fredonia, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean.

The award, named for NASPA’s founding chair of the board of directors (1919-1920) and former dean of men at the University of Wisconsin, is presented to a dean or senior student affairs officer who has demonstrated sustained professional achievement in student affairs work, innovative response in meeting students’ varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing staff, and leadership in community and college or university affairs. The award recipient must also have earned stature among and support of students, faculty, and fellow administrators on campus, and made significant contributions to the field through publications or involvement in professional associations.

Dr. Howard assumed his duties at Fredonia on Aug. 1, 2016. In his role, Dr. Howard has made fundamental changes to the enrollment and admissions procedures and workflow. His expertise, leadership and management style has contributed greatly in Fredonia enrolling the second largest first-year class in history, a 21 percent increase over the past two admissions cycles. In previous positions, Dr. Howard served as Vice Chancellor of Student and Enrollment Service at the University of Washington — Tacoma; Director of Student Affairs at the University of South Florida — St. Petersburg; Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee; and Director of the Diversity Center and Student Programs at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

An engaged NASPA member throughout his career, NASPA notes that Dr. Howard is a model for taking the global perspectives on the higher education landscape he gains through the association and applying them for the betterment of the campuses he serves, always with student success as the driving motivator.

Dr. Howard will be honored in March at the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Its work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries and eight U.S. territories.