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Dr. Rick Stripling Addresses Student Affairs Administrators Organization in Hot Springs


JONESBORO, Ark. — Following an invitation to be one of the featured speakers, Dr. Rick Stripling, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at Arkansas State University, recently made a presentation at a Region IV meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) in Hot Springs. The meeting was a joint conference with the Arkansas College Personnel Association.

Stripling’s presentation was “Financial Leadership in Student Affairs,” which broadened and expanded to enrollment, higher education state funding, student loan default rates, federal audits, privatization, outsourcing practices, and P3 projects.

He joined fellow speakers Shana Meyer, vice president for Student Affairs at Missouri Western State University, and Dr. Brian Sponsler, vice president for Research and Policy of the NASPA executive team at the Senior Student Affairs Officers Institute (SSAO).

Stripling has been a leader in transforming the A-State campus. He was instrumental in the development of 14 student services construction projects valued at $150 million. Projects include the Carl R. Reng Student Union, Red WOLF (Wellness Opportunities and Life Fitness) Center, Student Health Center, student residence halls, three living-learning communities, and Greek Village.

He is responsible for general oversight of the Office of Student Affairs, which includes 13 major departments and over 160 employees. He oversees an annual service budget of $162 million. Stripling also serves as associate professor of educational leadership and is program coordinator for the College Student Personnel Services online degree program.

He holds a doctorate in student personnel in higher education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Meyer served as the lead facilitator roundtable discussions and break out groups throughout the institute, while Sponsler’s presentation was “Facilitating Success: Student Affairs Processionals an the Student Success Agenda.”

NASPA, founded 95 years ago, has grown to become a diverse international organization with over 13,000 members in all 50 state, 25 countries and in eight United States territories. It is the leading student affairs association.

Rick Stripling
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