National association names Zdziarski a top student affairs administrator

Salem - Dr. Eugene Zdziarski, vice president of Student Affairs at Roanoke College, has received a high honor from a national student affairs association.

He is one of 13 student affairs and higher education administrators who has been named a Pillar of the Profession for 2014 by the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, known as NASPA. He will be inducted into this prestigious group of educators, alongside winners from the University of Georgia, Loyola University New Orleans, the University of North Dakota and other schools, in March during the foundation's annual conference in Baltimore.

Pillar winners are college administrators who have served with distinction as leaders, teachers and scholars in student affairs and higher education. A fundraising team, which includes the Pillar winner and those who nominate the winner, also will raise $2,500 to support student affairs research and scholarship.

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Zdziarski came to Roanoke College in 2008 from the University of Florida, where he was an assistant vice president and dean of students. Previously, he was associate director of student life at Texas A&M University.

"Gene has been an outstanding contributor to the students with whom he has worked, the institutions he has served and our student affairs profession as a whole," said Cherry Callahan, who is board chair for the NASPA Foundation and vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

"He has served his institutions well with extraordinary positive feedback from students, and he believes deeply in the valuable work that he does for the development of our students as we prepare them to become engaged community citizens making a difference in the communities into which they will move," Callahan said.

Zdziarski has held several leadership positions with NASPA, including serving as vice president of Region III and chair-elect of the NASPA Foundation Board of Directors.

In 2008, he received the regional John Koldus Award for Distinguished Service to NASPA.

He also is author of several books, including "Crisis Management: Responding from the heart" and "Campus Crisis Management: A comprehensive guide to planning, prevention, response and recovery."

Zdziarski has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University, a master's degree in education from the University of Tennessee and a PhD in educational administration from Texas A&M.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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Released: December 16, 2013
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