Dr. Rob Shea, deputy provost and associate vice president (academic) pro-tempore has been elected president of the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS), the first global organization dedicated to the development of student services.
The organization, which in the coming months will take the lead on an international development project in Haiti, has garnered worldwide attention and tremendous support from around the world according to Dr. Shea.
“We currently have over 500 members from over 50 countries, and the full support of associations like CACUSS (Canadian Association of College and University Student Services), NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), and ACPA (American College Personnel Association). Each of these highly regarded organizations combined include over 22,000 members. IASAS is a testament to the need and the interest in an organization that looks at student success through an International lens.”
IASAS is the first organization of its kind to build a global community network around the support of students in higher education, explains Rob. “This is the first global organization dedicated to the development of both academic and non-academic student success services.”
The primary purpose of IASAS is to provide a medium for discourse for the myriad of services and programs aimed at enhanced communication among student affairs organizations and agencies worldwide, and to provide international professional development opportunities for student affairs professionals and providers.
During his term Rob hopes to put emphasis on developing student services in post-conflict and post-disaster areas, a field which is emerging as critical to enhancing higher education around the world.
For more information on IASAS, visit their website at www.iasasonline.org.