Hensley receives Distinguished Service Award from organization of student personnel administrators

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 Steve Hensley addresses a group of future students and their parents at Marshall University’s orientation June 21.
Steve Hensley addresses a group of future students and their parents at Marshall University’s orientation June 21.
Photo by Tyler Kes.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Steve W. Hensley, dean of student affairs at Marshall University, has been recognized by the West Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators with its Distinguished Service Award. The award was announced at the organization’s conference in Huntington earlier this month.

Hensley, who has been at Marshall for 40 years, was nominated by members of the student affairs staff at Marshall, led by Carla Lapelle, associate dean of student affairs, and Vanessa Keadle, director of parent programs and student advocacy.

“Steve’s top priorities are students and student welfare,” Lapelle and Keadle said in their nomination. “His wisdom and fairness in dealing with student issues is unparalleled. In his time at Marshall, Steve has come to be known as the ‘go-to’ person to manage difficult and challenging situations.”

The nomination also cited specific examples of Hensley’s advocacy for students, including fundraising efforts for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and locally, the deadly apartment building fire in 2007.  In addition, the nomination pointed out Hensley’s leadership in providing a flu vaccine campaign for students, so that students could receive shots on the Huntington campus; free shuttle service to Marshall Student Health; improved services for students with disabilities; and mentoring to student government leaders.

“It is his dedication, acumen, genuine care and love of Marshall University that have so persistently led Student Affairs forward on this campus,” the nomination concluded. “And it is his passion for student success that makes him an exemplar in the field of student personnel.”

The award recognizes outstanding achievement over an extended period of time in the student affairs profession in West Virginia. Criteria considered in selectinga recipient include service to a West Virginia institution of higher education, service to the organization and overall contributions to the field of student personnel.

The West Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators provides services and resources for students and those who work in Student Affairs and Student Services at colleges and universities throughout West Virginia.  Its membership includes staff from areas such as counseling, residence life, student activities, Greek life, campus ministry, multicultural affairs and career services.


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