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Hensley receives Distinguished Service Award

Jul. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Steve Hensley, dean of Student Affairs at Marshall University, has been recognized by the West Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators with its Distinguished Service Award.

Hensley, who has been at Marshall for 40 years, was nominated by members of the student affairs staff at Marshall, led by Carla Lapelle, associate dean of student affairs, and Vanessa Keadle, director of parent programs and student advocacy.

The nomination also cited specific examples of Hensley's advocacy for students, including fundraising efforts for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and locally, the deadly apartment building fire in 2007.

In addition, the nomination pointed out Hensley's leadership in providing a flu vaccine campaign for students, improved services for students with disabilities and mentoring to student government leaders.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement over an extended period of time in the student affairs profession in West Virginia. Criteria considered in selecting a recipient include service to a West Virginia institution of higher education, service to the organization and overall contributions to the field of student personnel.