Plymouth State University Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Hage received the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region 1 conference in Sturbridge, Mass. November 8.
The Goodnight Award is widely considered to be the most prestigious award in the student affairs profession. It recognizes a dean or vice president for sustained impact over a career, innovative response in meeting students’ varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing junior staff members and leadership in community and university affairs.
Hage, who lives in Plymouth, has been at Plymouth State since 1975. He served as director of housing at Keene State College from 1973 to 1975.
Paul Wheeler, residence director of Smith Hall, was awarded the Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award from NASPA Region 1. This award puts Paul in the running for a broader regional award covering New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Quebec. If he wins at that level, he would be eligible for a national award that will be presented in Washington, D.C. in March.
Wheeler came to Plymouth in 2000 after graduating from the University of Idaho. He has served on numerous department and campus committees, including the University parking committee and the Hallmarks of Excellence Task Force. He has helped develop residential life initiatives to improve processes and continuity, and served as a Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEADS) seminar facilitator in 2002.
In 2003 he was an advisor to the student Alternative Spring Break program and the International Service Trip to the Dominican Republic. Wheeler also co-chaired the 2004 conference of the Residential Life Association of the Granite State at PSU.