ACPA Award Winner Spotlight- Dr. Sue Saunders

Adapted from the New England College Personnel Association

Name/Institution/Title:

Dr. Sue Saunders. Extension Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut

ACPA Award You Received: 

Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award

What and/or who inspired you to pursue higher education as a profession, and how did you get into your current functional area?

I was inspired to get in to student affairs after much depression, confusion and many majors in undergraduate school. With the help of the Ohio University Counseling Center, I determined that counseling and student affairs was worth a try. And that profession was worth it—for 40+ years. I’ve had more than a few functional areas. But my most treasured role was a faculty member—inspired by Ted Miller and Roger Winston.

How did you get involved with ACPA, and what keeps you involved?

Serving ACPA was an expectation of my mentors. So naturally, I complied. It wasn’t until later that I discovered the joy of service. My professional associates in ACPA became more like family—in large part because of the inclusive and “whole-person” culture of the organization.

Outside of higher education, what makes you tick?

Singing, history, and volunteering.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with student affairs professionals?

Serve beyond your job description and listen beyond your comfort zone.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your career (so far)?

To listen and try to understand from multiple perspectives.

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