INDIANAPOLIS – Butler University President Bobby Fong’s efforts to advance the quality of student life at Butler and throughout higher education will be recognized with a national award from NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Dr. Fong was named the 13th President of Ursinus College and will take office sometime after the spring semester.
The organization will present Fong its 2011 President’s Award on March 15 in Philadelphia. NASPA is a leading professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students, with more than 11,000 members at 1,400 campuses, and representing 29 countries.
Butler alumnus and former Trustee Clarence Crain nominated Fong for the award, crediting Fong with fostering “a university-wide recommitment to values upon which Butler was founded – namely inclusion, diversity, the championing of educational access and active service to the greater community.” Crain noted Fong’s efforts to involve Butler students and staff in University-wide decision making, particularly in the planning of new residence and academic facilities and the campus’ Health and Recreation Complex.
Fong won the NASPA Region IV-East President’s Award in 2009, according to Levester Johnson, Butler’s vice president for student affairs since 1997. “So, we were very gratified that the national board reconsidered his nomination for the top honor this year,” he said.
Fong has been exceptionally supportive of the programs and initiatives developed by student affairs personnel for Butler students, Johnson said. “He has not only attended events, but been an active participant. He’s served as a judge for contests, sought out student opinions and provided opportunities for students to be actively engaged on campus.
“Having seen the transformative effects of education in his own life, Dr. Fong has been dedicated to building an educational community at Butler that, in his own words, ‘assists students in the development, not only of their minds, but also of their aesthetic sensibilities, their moral compasses and their relations to the community of humankind.’ ”
Fong has served as Butler University’s president since 2001. – C.T, Butler U., W.G.