Student Affairs Leaders Recognized

Student Affairs Leaders Recognized
Doug Freer received the 2008 Outstanding Performance as a Dean/Vice President award
Cecilia Santiago received the Dorothy Keller New Professional Award.

Two Cal Poly Pomona administrators in Student Affairs have received prestigious regional awards recognizing their leadership and service, the first time in a decade that the division has been recognized by the professional organization.

Doug Freer, vice president of student affairs, received the 2008 Outstanding Performance as a Dean/Vice President Award from the National Association of Student Professional Administrators (NASPA), Region VI. Cecilia Santiago, coordinator of the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education, received the Dorothy Keller New Professional Award from NASPA. They will be honored at an awards luncheon of the NASPA 2008 Western Regional Conference in November.

Freer's award recognizes his involvement in campus and community leadership and university affairs. He is known for listening to students, faculty and staff and creating an atmosphere of trust and cooperation. During his 18 years at Cal Poly Pomona, he has continuously challenged the programs he is responsible for to assess their success and strive for continuous improvement. As the Region VI nominee, Freer will also be considered for the NASPA Scott Goodnight national award, which will be presented in March 2009 in Seattle.

“It is a great honor to be receiving this prestigious award from NASPA. It appropriately reflects the incredible dedication and hard work of our staff and faculty at Cal Poly Pomona, both within Student Affairs and across the campus,” Freer says.

The Dorothy Keller award recognizes leaders for their outstanding service, innovative and creative efforts and promise for future leadership roles. At Cal Poly Pomona, Santiago has been dedicated to increasing the outreach, recruitment, retention, graduation and cultural pride of Chicanos/Latinos. Not only has she expanded the Dia de Los Muertos celebration, which draws more than 600 participants, she has also helped organize a number of events that promote social justice, diversity and community building.

The NASPA Region VI includes campuses in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Australia, Guam, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. This year, there were nominees from 26 campuses in California, Arizona and Hawaii.