Johnson recognized with Student Affairs Legacy award from VASPA
McMillan H. "Mac" Johnson IV, senior advisor to the president and cabinet at Roanoke College, has received the Student Affairs Legacy Award from the Virginia Association of School Personnel Administrators (VASPA).
The award was presented at the Virginia Student Services Conference, held in November at the Wintergreen Resort.
The Student Affairs Legacy Award was established by the VASPA to recognize lifetime achievement in the field of Student Affairs. Award recipients are those who have demonstrated a commitment and dedication to student development and the field of higher education. The award is presented to individuals who have served in Student Affairs for a minimum of 20 years and have retired from their Student Affairs role. This is the second year the award has been presented.
"Mac Johnson's career in student affairs is a series of highlights," Roanoke President Michael Maxey said. "This legacy award is a crowning touch on the three decades of distinguished service that Mac provided to Roanoke, our students, his profession and his colleagues."
Brian Chisom, associate dean of students at Roanoke College who attended the awards ceremony, said in his acceptance speech that Johnson approached his work as a calling rather than as a job.
"When Mac served as the vice president for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, I had the pleasure of seeing firsthand the tremendous difference Mac made in the lives of Roanoke College students through his calling. I cannot think of a student affairs professional who is any more deserving of this award than Mac," Chisom said.
Johnson served in Roanoke College's Division of Student Affairs for 32 years, 27 of those as dean of students and vice president of Student Affairs. He provided overall leadership and direction for many campus departments, including Athletics, Career Services, Campus Safety, Colket Student Center, Office of the Dean of Students, Greek Life, Health Services, Intramurals & Campus Recreation, Outdoors Adventures Program, Residence Life, Student Activities and Student Conduct.
In his current position, Johnson assists the president in identifying and responding to opportunities, issues, problems and challenges facing the College. Johnson also facilitates the work of the president's cabinet, and serves as a liaison to city officials and as the president's representative, as needed.
"I am very honored to have received this award, especially as it comes from my Student Affairs colleagues," Johnson said. "It's always nice to be recognized for one's efforts but the most important reward for me has been the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of individual students across the years. 'Deaning' was the ideal calling for me."
Two other individuals received the Student Affairs Legacy Award this year - Ernest Trezevant "Joe" Buchanan III, a former dean and administrator at Tidewater Community College, and Robert "Bob" Leslie Scott, who served more than 35 years in Student Affairs administration at several universities, including James Madison University.
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