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Professional Service Award

January 16, 2020 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan Vice President Earns National Recognition

Dwayne Todd

The Washington, D.C.-based ACPA–College Student Educators International is honoring Dwayne Todd, Ohio Wesleyan University’s vice president for student engagement and success, for his “significant, continued, and unselfish service/leadership activities.”

Todd, Ph.D., is the recipient of the ACPA’s 2020 Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award. He will receive the award in March at the national ACPA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by my peers with this award,” said Todd, who joined Ohio Wesleyan in 2016. “It has been my true joy to serve my campus as well as my profession in support of student success, and I feel very grateful to have had the opportunities to do so with so many talented colleagues.”

At OWU, Todd also serves as the dean of students and oversees the university’s efforts to support and engage students through their educational and personal journeys by providing environments in which students make connections, navigate challenges, and develop competencies to become successful global citizens. His division includes 11 departments broadly encompassing the areas of residential life, student involvement, student health and counseling services, multicultural student affairs, public safety, and community service.

He was nominated for the national recognition by colleagues Keith Humphrey, vice president for student affairs at Cal Poly, and Patricia Perillo, vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland. In their nomination letter, they recognized Todd’s impact at both OWU and his previous employer, Columbus College of Art & Design, as well as his leadership within the ACPA.

According to the association, the Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award is awarded annually to a higher education leader who “exemplifies the profession’s commitment to service through significant, continued, and unselfish service/leadership activities that have benefited the nominee’s campus, the profession, ACPA, and the profession’s practice on the state and national level.”

Todd is actively involved in several professional organizations, including ACPA, which includes nearly 7,000 members from 12,000 private and public institutions worldwide. He was the 2017-2019 president of the ACPA Foundation.

He also is actively involved with the Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity and is a past president of the Ohio College Personnel Association and a member of NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the Association for College and University Housing Officers–International, and the Association for Student Conduct Administration.

Congratulations, Dwayne, on your latest honor!