NASPA Honors Jan Walbert with Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service

By Purnell T. Cropper | March 22, 2011

Jan Walbert, Vice President for Development at Arcadia University, was honored on Tuesday, March 15, with the Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA at the annual awards luncheon held during the 2011 NASPA Annual Conference.

The Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA honors NASPA members who have demonstrated continuous NASPA membership for 10 or more years and who have served in a leadership role at the state, regional, or national level of NASPA.

“Jan’s leadership in Region II and nationally with NASPA over the course of 26 years has not only positively affected the lives of thousands of students, but has instructed, motivated, and inspired scores of young (and seasoned) student affairs professionals across the country,” expressed Joshua Stern, Arcadia’s Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, in his letter nominating Walbert for the award.

Walbert’s service to NASPA began in 1985 as the conference chair of New Professional Programs. Since then, she has shown her dedication to NASPA by serving in a variety of other roles, including that of President in 2007-2008.

“NASPA always seems to have the right president at the right time,” said NASPA Executive Director Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy. “Jan was the consummate professional perfectly equipped to provide leadership to her colleagues as matters of campus safety captured public attention in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, even offering NASPA’s first testimony before a U.S. House committee looking into the matter.”

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NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education ( is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy, and practice, and affirms the commitment of the student affairs profession to educating the whole student and integrating student life and learning. With more than 12,000 members at 1,400 campuses, and representing 29 countries, NASPA is the foremost professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students. NASPA members are committed to serving college students by embracing the core values of diversity, learning, integrity, collaboration, access, service, fellowship and the spirit of inquiry.