NASPA Honors Dean of Student Affairs

Nancy Stoll receives NASPA award, presented by Associate Dean Ann Coyne.


Dean of Student Affairs Nancy Stoll was honored with the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Service as a Dean at the 2011 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, or NASPA, regional conference.

The award recognized Stoll's “innovative response in meeting students’ varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing junior staff members, and leadership in community and university affairs.”

“As Suffolk University has grown, Nancy has been in the forefront of meeting the needs of our students with innovative programs and personal attention to each and every one of our undergraduate and graduate students,” said Acting President and Provost Barry Brown. “We would not have reached our national and international stature without her help.

Under Stoll’s leadership, the University has created the Residence Life Program, the Performing Arts Office, the S.O.U.L.S. Community Service Center, the Disability Services Office, and the Diversity Services Office.

She also guided the Division of Student Affairs development of the SU101 First Year Experience course, improved student activities and orientation programs, increased varsity athletic programs, and boosted support and visibility for Leadership Development programs.

“Nancy is the kind of leader that every institution hopes to have – dedicated, innovative, compassionate, helpful, supportive, and a delight to be around,” said David DeAngelis, director of Student Leadership and Involvement.
“Despite her busy schedule, she always finds time to meet with students and attend their events.”

“When I think of the phrase ‘even one person can make a difference,’ I think of the impact that Nancy has had at Suffolk University.”

The spotlight also fell on Stoll’s leadership in 2004, when she received the Mary E. Tobin Award for Outstanding Achievement and Inspirational Leadership from the Massachusetts Association for Women in Education.

Stoll credited her Student Affairs team for making possible the circumstances that led to the award.

“This is not about me,” she said. “I want to share this award with my staff. After all, they’re the ones who make me look good.”

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