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State of Student Affairs: A Conversation with NASPA President and Board Chair

State of Student Affairs: A Conversation with NASPA President and Board Chair

Recorded On: 10/30/2023

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Dr. Kevin Kruger



Dr. Kevin Kruger draws on more than 40 years of experience in higher education. Since 2012, he has served as president and CEO for NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Prior to his role as president, Dr. Kruger worked for 18 years as the associate executive director and served as the chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO) for NASPA. He has held a range of student affairs positions at Southern Methodist University and the University of Maryland. As NASPA president, Dr. Kruger represents student affairs at a variety of national forums and is a frequent contributor to higher education news stories on the college student experience. Dr. Kruger has published and presented nationally and globally on trends in higher education, student success, degree-completion strategies for low-income/first-generation students, and change management and leadership in higher education. Dr. Kruger received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland. He is the proud father of two children, one a recent college graduate and the other a college senior.

Dr. Chicora Martin

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students | NASPA Board Chair

Agnes Scott College

Dr. Chicora Martin serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students for Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA.  Chicora provides leadership in the areas of student development, wellness, sense of belonging, social justice, and transformational learning experiences for Agnes Scott College students. 

 Before coming to Agnes Scott, Chicora was at Mills College in Oakland, CA as the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students for seven years and at the University of Oregon for fourteen years serving as the Assistant Dean of Students, Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Education and Support Services, Area Director for the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, and coordinator of the Bias Response Team.

Chicora's various leadership positions include Region V Knowledge Community Chair for LGBT Issues as well as the 2018 faculty and 2020 Faculty Director for the Manicur Institute for NASPA, co-chair for the National Consortium of LGBT Resource Professionals from 2003-2005, member of the American College Personnel Association’s Standing Committee for LGBT Concerns and ACPA Senior Student Affairs Officer Advisory board.  Chicora was honored as the 2015 ACPA Voice of Inclusion Medallion recipient and by the Consortium of LGBT Resource Professionals as the 2014 Contribution to the Profession award.

Chicora received a doctorate from Colorado State University in Educational Leadership and Human Resource Studies, a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel with a concentration in LGBTQ services from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science from East Carolina University.  Chicora’s research and teaching interests include the intersections of higher education policy, gender identity, marine conservation, and emergency management/crisis response.  Past presentations have focused on gender identity, Title IX and policy development, multiethnic/queer identity, access and equity, bystander engagement, and crisis and emergency preparedness.  Chicora enjoys travel and adventures of all kinds, including experiences to Everest Basecamp, rafting the Grand Canyon and scuba diving the world, triathlons, and serving as Red Cross Disaster Volunteer.

Join NASPA President Dr. Kevin Kruger and NASPA Board Chair Dr. Chicora Martin for a discussion on the current state of the student affairs field as well as the future of the field from the perspective of association leadership. 

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