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March 26, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University Vice President for Student Affairs James Caswell recently received the Pillar of the Profession Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the leading national association for college and university student affairs administrators.

Nominated by student affairs colleagues from across the country and approved by the NASPA Foundation Board, Caswell received the award recently at the national conference in Seattle, Wash. Money raised in his name will support the research agenda of the NASPA Foundation.

Caswell holds two degrees in theology from the Perkins School of Theology at SMU and two degrees in student personnel work and higher education from Columbia University. As a consultant and popular presenter of topical workshops across the country, Caswell has continuously shared his expertise with administrators on the SMU campus, in the Dallas community and at other colleges and universities.

Through the years, he has worked with student leadership programs, efforts to curb alcohol and drug abuse, and mediation training. He is past president of the Greater Boys and Girls Clubs of America, has supported the Dallas United Way and is very involved in programs designed to improve fraternity life on college campuses.

Prior to his role as SMU’s vice president of Student Affairs, he served as associate and assistant vice president, dean of Student Life, dean of Residential Living, dean of Men and instructor in the University College, all at SMU.

Since its inception in 1918, NASPA has been the resource that student affairs administrators have turned to for professional development opportunities and information on current issues affecting campus policies and student needs.