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Blimling Elected President of the American College Personnel Association

021804blimling_dl.jpgBOONE–Dr. Gregory Blimling, vice chancellor for student development and professor of human development and psychological counseling at Appalachian State University, has been elected president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Blimling will begin his term on the ACPA Executive Council as president elect during the association’s annual convention in Philadelphia this April. He will be installed as president in March 2005.

Blimling joined Appalachian in 1990. During his 14 years as vice chancellor, he has helped Appalachian build a student affairs programs recognized as one of the best in the country. He also has helped Appalachian gain national recognition as a student-centered university focused on student learning and quality of student life.

Recognized nationally for his scholarship and leadership in student affairs, Blimling co-chaired the national study group that authored the “Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs” and served for nine years as editor of the Journal of College Student Development.

For six years, Blimling served as a senior scholar of ACPA.

The author of 11 books and more than 100 other scholarly contributions in higher education, Blimling was awarded the national Contribution to Knowledge Award in 2002 for significant contributions to the creation of knowledge about college students and higher education.

Blimling also has received awards for his scholarship and administration in student affairs from Ohio State University, Indiana University, Bowling Green State University, and the Southern Association of College Student Affairs. He was awarded the national Dissertation of the Year Award in student affairs and the North Carolina Distinguished Scholar Award.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., at the National Center for Higher Education, ACPA is the nation’s leading professional organization for nearly 8,000 higher education and student affairs administrators, faculty, college counselors, and graduate students working on American and international campuses.

Founded in 1924, ACPA advances college student learning through research and the dissemination of knowledge to its members, and by shaping policies, practices and programs for higher education.

In addition to providing professional education to its members and working collaboratively with other higher education associations to influence national higher education policy, ACPA publishes the Journal of College Student Development, the most widely subscribed scholarly journal in the field of higher education, books about student affairs and higher education, and About Campus, a popular higher education magazine.