Dr. Robert Caruso
Dr. Robert Caruso

CULLOWHEE – Robert Caruso, vice chancellor for student affairs at Western, has joined the ranks of the American College Personnel Association's Senior Student Affairs Practitioner Program.

Caruso was recently selected as one of three outstanding professionals in his field to be part of the program's class of 2005-08.  The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) is an international association serving approximately 8,000 student affairs administrators.  Caruso will formally accept his honor at the association's annual convention in Nashville, Tenn., in April.

“A treasure in our profession,” “always looking out for the needs of students,” “vital in opening up the lines of communication,” “a tireless advocate for equal opportunity and equal rights,” and “experienced, knowledgeable, and well respected throughout the country” – those are just a few of Caruso's professional characteristics mentioned in letters of support for his nomination to the senior practitioners' program. 

The program was established in 2001 for individuals who exemplify good practice in student affairs and who have made outstanding contributions to their institutions and to the student affairs profession.  Caruso will join other program participants in a range of ACPA activities, including advising the association president on issues, participating in research for the student affairs profession, consulting with the association's media board on useful publications, mentoring younger professionals and networking with association constituencies.

“I am deeply honored by this award,” Caruso said in accepting the nomination to the senior practitioners program.  “It gives me a chance to give back to my profession.”

Caruso, who has served as the head of Western's student affairs office for seven years, says his greatest pleasure comes from watching members of his staff succeed in their work with students.  He's had plenty of experience in that area himself, having worked in various capacities with admissions, judicial affairs, enrollment management and student services throughout his career.  Last year, the ACPA recognized Caruso as a “diamond honoree” for his outstanding contributions to the association and his profession. 

Caruso holds a doctorate in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in counseling and guidance from Rutgers University and a bachelor's degree in biology from Tufts University. 

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