W. Houston Dougharty, vice president for student affairs, was honored earlier this month at the regional meeting of NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

NASPA recognized Dougharty for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer, an honor that is presented to an individual who has excelled as a dean in the student affairs profession. As one of seven regional recipients, Dougharty is a finalist for the national award that will be presented in March 2014.

About Houston Dougharty

Dougharty has been vice president of student affairs at Grinnell since spring 2008. Over the past 31 years — at Grinnell and in student affairs positions at other colleges and universities — he has led and served in most areas of college student affairs, including counseling and health services, substance abuse prevention, suicide and self-harming behaviors prevention, admissions, advising, student activities and unions, multicultural affairs and service learning.

Dougharty is active regionally and nationally in a number of professional organizations, and is frequently invited to speak at professional conferences. Currently an adjunct faculty member at Drake University in Des Moines, he previously taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He writes actively in the field and has co-authored a chapter in the forthcoming NASPA book, Executive Transitions in Student Affairs.

Before coming to Grinnell, Dougharty held leadership positions in student affairs at Lewis & Clark College, the University of Puget Sound, Iowa State, Western Washington University, UCSB, and the University of Hartford. He is a native of Santa Fe, N.M.


NASPA is a leading association for student affairs professionals. The organization provides professional development, advocacy, and research for 13,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries and 8 U.S. territories.

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