The Associate Vice Provost for Student Life, Wayne Young Jr., Ph.D., was awarded the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service by the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administration (JASPA) on March 15 in Baltimore, MD. This is the second time a staff member from Creighton won this award, the first was in 1999 when it was granted to Stephanie Wernig, Ph.D.
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service to JASPA is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves by the depth of service they have given to the association or the significant influence they have had on JASPAís direction, programs and services. The award was established in 1997 and is given annual to an individual who embodies a commitment of service to JASPA.
Young is responsible for several units within the Student Life division to support Creighton students. He joined the university in 1998 with the Department of Residence Life and moved to Student Life in 2007. He received his masterís degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Texas A&M University in 1995 and his doctorate in 2006 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
JASPA is a conference of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU); it works to promote the mission of Jesuit higher education. Founded as the Conference of Jesuit Student Personnel Administrators in 1954, the organization was renamed to JASPA in 1981. Members of JASPA represent the 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States and it also includes affiliate members from other institutions.
The Division of Student Life is an integral part of the provision of services, resources and programs that relate to student life outside the classroom. The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life is the administrative center coordinating the efforts of the departments within the Division of Student Life, which provides services, resources and programs that relate to student life outside the classroom.