April 14, 2014

Porterfield Elected President of American College Personnel Association

Kent Porterfield, Ed.D.
Kent Porterfield, Ed.D.

ST. LOUIS — Kent Porterfield, Ed.D., vice president for student development at Saint Louis University, was recently inducted as the 75th president of the American College Personnel Association. ACPA is one of the largest student affairs associations in the United States.

A member of ACPA for more than 20 years, Porterfield served the past year as ACPA's vice president and previously served on the organization's Executive Council, as well as on numerous committees and task forces. He was also the program co-chair for the ACPA's 2011 Convention in Baltimore, Md.

"I am humbled to have been presented with this tremendous opportunity to serve our association," Porterfield told his fellow members earlier this month during ACPA's annual business meeting, which marked the official start of his tenure as president.

"So many of you have meant so much to me personally and professionally over the years, and I am proud to give back to an association that has given me far more than I could ever repay," Porterfield added.

For the full text of his speech, visit the ACPA website.

In his role as president of ACPA, Porterfield has said he hopes to influence the field of student affairs to engage in dialogue and action with other higher education leaders to address important issues of student access, college affordability and education quality.

He also plans to establish a group to carefully examine the White House Council on Women and Girls report on rape and sexual assault on college campuses and recommend responsible actions. Porterfield also expressed a desire to advance the application of digital technology in student affairs as another goal.

Watch a video of Porterfield talking about his priorities for the organization.

This is not the first time Porterfield has been tapped for a leadership role in his field. He previously served two terms as the president of the Missouri College Personnel Association, which honored him with the Richard Caple Award for Outstanding Service in 2011.

In his role at Saint Louis University, Porterfield oversees Athletics, Bookstore, Campus Dining, Busch Student Center, Campus Recreation, Center for Service and Community Engagement, Cross-Cultural Center, Dean of Students Office, Student Responsibility and Community Standards, Housing and Residence Life, Student Involvement Center, Student Health and Counseling, and the Student Success Centers.

During his tenure, SLU has improved and expanded its recreational facilities, launched two full-service Student Success Centers and instituted a number of programs to support first-year students. He also played a key role in the development of the University's new Center for Global Citizenship.

Prior to joining SLU, Porterfield served as the vice president for student affairs at Northwest Missouri State University, where he also earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in education. He earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri.

About the American College Personnel Association
Founded in 1924 by May Cheney, the ACPA has nearly 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions in the United States and around the world. ACPA members include graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in student affairs and higher education administration programs, faculty and student affairs educators.

About Saint Louis University
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