Wednesday, January 21st
Broadcasted over
 Google Plus, On-Air Hangout
Conversation: #HigherEdLive

In October 2010, a document was submitted by an ACPA and NASPA consolidation steering team that proposed unifying the two associations. Six months later, consolidation failed to gain the two-thirds majority vote from each association with only 62% of NASPA and 81% of ACPA voters supporting the merger. The process evoked strong emotions on both sides of the proposal and the outcome left many professionals with feelings of frustration and disappointment.

On this episode of SA Live, host Tony Doody interviews Kevin Kruger, Cindi Love, Kent Porterfield, and Patricia Whitely as they reflect on the challenges and opportunities resulting from this historic event.

Additional topics discussed on this show include: The “niche” or “brand” of each organization. Areas where both associations can collaborate and unite. Predictions of the “next big thing (or issue)” to change our field in the upcoming decade. Circumstances, (if any), that would need to change for the consolidation conversation to be revisited.

Contribute to the dialogue by tweeting your questions to #higheredlive during the show and we’ll do our best to incorporate them as time allows.


Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Kevin Kruger

An accomplished speaker, leader, and educator, Kevin Kruger has been associate executive director of NASPA since 1994, and became its first executive-level president March 15, 2012.Prior to NASPA, Dr. Kruger worked for 15 years at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During his tenure at the University of Maryland he worked in orientation, student activities, leadership development, admissions, and with the vice president for student affairs office. Dr. Kruger has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Student Development in Higher Education program at Trinity College in Washington, DC.

Dr. Kruger has published and presented nationally on leadership development, using technology in student affairs administration, international education and is a regular lecturer on technology in student affairs, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, assessment and student learning. He is the editor of two Jossey-Bass publications, Technology Innovations in Student Services and Using Technology to Promote Student Learning. He also has chapters in The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration; Understanding the Role of Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration in Creating a Successful Learning Environment; Beyond Borders: How International Developments are Changing Student Affairs Practice; and Involving Commuter Students in Learning. You can follow Dr. Kruger on Twitter @NASPApres.


Cindi Love

Cindi Love is the newly appointed Executive Director of ACPA–College Student Educators International in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment, she was the Executive Director of Soulforce, home of the Equality Ride, an international advocacy and activist group in behalf of LGBT human rights. Dr. Love serves as a member of the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group Advising the US Secretary of State on religious oppression of LGBT persons outside the United States and she is a member of the United Nations/UUO Compass Coalition for LGBT/SOGI Human Rights. She completed her doctorate in educational administration at Texas Tech University and she is a Bohnett Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Follow Dr. Love on Twitter @DrCindiLove.


Kent Porterfield

Kent Porterfield is Vice President for Student Development at Saint Louis University and President of the American College Personnel Association. He earned his Ed.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Northwest Missouri State University. Kent is also a member of the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Missouri College Personnel Association, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. His career spans 26 years, and he has been recognized for his contributions to the student affairs field on numerous occasions, including as an ACPA Diamond Honoree, Outstanding ACPA State Division President, Missouri College Personnel Association Richard Caple Award recipient, and ACPA Annuit Coeptis – Senior Professional. Connect with him on Twitter at @DrKPorterfield or @acpaprez.


Patricia A. Whitely

Dr. Patricia A. Whitely has been the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Miami since 1997. Prior to her appointment, she was Director of Student Life at the University of Miami from 1994 to 1997. She also served from 1982 to 1994 at the University of Miami as a Residence Coordinator, Assistant Director of Residence Halls, and Associate Director of Residence Halls.

Dr. Whitely is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Higher Education Administration program in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami. She also served on the National Association of Student Personnel Administrator’s (NASPA) Foundation Board, is a frequent presenter for the NASPA Alice Manicur Symposium and has served on the NASPA Editorial Board and NASPA Region III Committee. In March 2014, she was installed as Chair of the NASPA Board of Directors for 2014-2015.

Dr. Whitely has been honored with numerous awards by the student community at the University of Miami. In 2012, the University of Miami Student Government Executive Board honored her by naming a new award entitled the “Patricia A. Whitely Unsung Hero Award”, and NASPA Region III awarded her the “John Jones Award” for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Professional in June 2012. She is the recipient of the 2013 NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer, the highest award in her profession, as well as the recipient of the 2009 NASPA Pillar of the Profession.

Dr. Whitely received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Theology from St. John’s University, her master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina, and her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Miami. Connect with her on Twitter at @drpatwhitely.