SUNY Fredonia employee honored with NASPA Pillar of the Profession Award

WASHINGTON, DC — Each year, the NASPA Foundation recognizes members who are doing outstanding work in the student affairs profession. Cedric Howard, vice president, enrollment and student services, State University of New York at Fredonia, was selected as a Pillar of the Profession. The Pillar of the Profession award is one of NASPA Foundation’s highest honors.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Their work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries and eight U.S. territories. The NASPA Foundation supports student affairs professionals by conferring and financially supporting scholarships, Innovation Grants, research grants, and recognition awards.

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

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 largest first-year class in campus history, a more than 30% increase since his arrival. 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 23-year career, Dr. Howard has been a model for taking the global perspectives on the higher education landscape he gains through the association and applied his knowledge for the betterment of the campuses he has served, always with student success as the driving motivator.

Dr. Howard will be honored March 11 at the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California. For more information about NASPA Foundation and Pillar of Professional Award, please contact Lucy Fort at or 202-719-1171.