USF VP Damon Sloan Recognized by NASPA

December 10, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

Damon Sloan, Vice President of Student & Alumni Affairs at the University of St. Francis (USF) in Joliet, has been named the recipient of the Region IV-East Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean Award by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Sloan was honored during the NASPA IV-E Regional Conference, which took place on November 11-13 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“I am grateful to my colleagues and friends who took the time to nominate me for this award. NASPA is a premier student affairs organization, and it is an honor to be this year’s recipient. Having my accomplishments read aloud to my fellow student affairs professionals was a humbling experience,” Sloan said.

“I’m especially grateful that my wife was there to share this moment with me. She also works in our field, and we are lucky to attend NASPA conferences together. This is probably the highlight of my career to date. Working with students and the great folks at USF make coming to work every day an energizing experience. Again, I am so grateful and so humbled,” he added.

“This award serves as a well-deserved acknowledgement of Damon’s ongoing efforts, which have a positive impact on our University. On behalf of everyone at USF, I would like to congratulate Damon on this honor,” said USF President Arvid. C Johnson, Ph.D.

Included among the award criteria for the award nominees include that the individual:

* Serves as home institution’s Chief Student Affairs Officer
* Seen as collaborative, effective, and inspirational by a range of campus constituencies
* Strategic and innovative in providing programs and services to students
* High level of competency in developing staff
* Active individual NASPA membership
* Exemplary managerial and administrative skills
* Demonstrated sustained professional service to the student affairs profession and as a Chief Student Affairs Officer
* Innovative response in meeting students’ varied and emerging needs
* Earned stature among and support of students, faculty, and fellow administrators on their campus
* Leadership in greater campus and community affairs
* Significant contributions to literature and publications about student affairs and higher education
* Significant contributions to professional associations

Sloan joined USF in January 2009 as Dean of Students. In December 2013, Sloan became a Vice President and currently oversees all aspects of the university’s division of student and alumni affairs. He holds a Master of Science in Student Counseling and Personnel Services from Kansas State University, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (major) and Foundations of Business and Campaign Communication (minor) from Ball State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Siena Heights University. Sloan anticipates earning his Doctor of Education in Stewardship, Leadership, and Learning from USF in May 2019.

According to NASPA’s website,, the Region IV-East Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean Award is “named for NASPA’s founding Chair of the Board of Directors (1919-1920) and former Dean of Men at the University of Wisconsin. The award is presented to a Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO)* who has demonstrated sustained professional achievement in student affairs work, innovative response in meeting students’ varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing staff, and leadership in community and college or university affairs. The award recipient must also have earned stature among and support of student, faculty, and fellow administrators on campus, and made significant contributions to the field through publications or involvement in professional associations.”

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit .

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