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Dr. Deb Casey selected for national Outstanding Senior Level Professional Award

Dr. Deb Casey was selected for the award from nominations submitted nationwide.

College Student Educators International (ACPA) Commission for Administrative Leadership (CAL) recently selected Dr. Deb Casey, vice president of student affairs and interim vice president of human resources, as its 2014 Outstanding Senior Level Professional. She was selected for the award from nominations submitted nationwide.

CAL regularly honors individuals who have made positive contributions to the student affairs profession. This prestigious award is designed to recognize the accomplishments of a senior student affairs professional who has contributed to his/her campus and the profession as well as to ACPA and CAL.

Casey was nominated for the award by Jessica Gilmore, dean of enrollment and completion and Dani Chang, dean of campus life.  

"Deb is diligent in advocating and promoting student success and learning in an inclusive environment," said Gilmore. "She has made outstanding contributions to emergent student needs as is evidenced over the course of her career by her work in the areas of disability and underrepresented students."

Casey has been a member of ACPA since 1991, serving as Access Chair for eight national conventions as well as participating on the Standing Committee for Disability, Commission for Administrative Leadership, Disability Directorate, and the Commission for Two-Year Colleges. Dr. Casey has also written a chapter for the ACPA book, Making Good on the Promise: Student Affairs Professionals with Disabilities. The title of her chapter was Allies in Our Midst. She recently co-authored an ACPA sponsored chapter on Services for Special Populations for The Handbook for Student Services in Community Colleges which is being published by Stylus Publications.

In addition to her work with Green River, Casey served as Treasurer and Secretary for the Student Services Commission for the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges and is serving as co-chair for the Washington State Student Services Conference. Through her leadership on the Student Services Commission, she has provided advocacy and support to the state Women's Council, Disability Support Services Council, Behavioral Interventions Committee, WACTC liaison for the Operating Budget Committee, and Veterans Committee. Casey is currently serving on a statewide disability task force convened as a result of Senate Bill 5180 tasked with improving access to postsecondary education for students with disabilities from K-12 to higher education. Locally, she serves her community on the Green River Foundation Board. She is also a graduate of the Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA).  

"Deb's demonstrable commitment to student success, diversity and professional development of staff is really the embodiment of the long-held Green River Student Affairs principle 'Think Student, Then Decide'," said Chang. "Simply put, Dr. Deb Casey is a special and unique leader who works tirelessly to advocate for students."

A passionate advocate for student veterans, Casey continuously seeks innovative ways to support this student population. This has resulted in onboarding more staff to serve Green River's veteran student population, creating specialized programming and events, and promoting training in competencies in working with student veterans.

ACPA is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. Founded in 1924, ACPA has nearly 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world.

Casey will receive the award at the ACPA National Convention in Indianapolis on March 29, 2014.