Vice Chancellor Howard Honored for Work in Student Affairs

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Vice Chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services Cedric HowardUW Tacoma’s Vice Chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services Cedric B. Howard has received the 2014 Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance from Region V of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

This award recognizes Howard for his exemplary contributions to the student affairs profession. Howard is the only recipient of this award in Region V, which encompasses 400 higher educational institutions serving 1.5 million students in the western United States and Canada.

As vice chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services, Howard has developed and implemented an exceptional student services operation, overseeing Student Enrollment, Student Success, Student Engagement and Student Administration.

When Howard arrived at UW Tacoma in 2007, the school was transitioning from an exclusively upper-division school to a four-year undergraduate institution. Howard led the development of new services for first-time and lower-division students and enhanced services for transfer and non-traditional students.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of Cedric’s contribution to his profession, and to UW Tacoma, is his ability to assemble and motivate an energetic staff,” says Chancellor Kenyon Chan. “More than anything else, this is how Cedric’s legacy is being built: through the nurturing of a legion of caring practitioners without whom our mission would be impossible.”

Howard is quick to share the honors. “Even though the award is an individual award, to me it is very symbolic of the strong Student and Enrollment Services team we have at UW Tacoma,” he says.

Howard is excited about recent achievements of the Student and Enrollment Services team. He cites the “enormous” Freshman Preview Day this October, which welcomed close to 400 high school students and their families to campus; the full slate of student activities events; student transitions’ work, not only with high school students, but also with middle school students; and the work done with veterans on campus. He looks forward to the opening of the University Y Student Center in January to further student services on campus.

“I can look at each of my units and can think of at least two or three different events that I think speak to the volume of and the quality of their work,” says Howard.

Written by: 
Abby Rhinehart / December 11, 2014
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