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Phyllis L. Mable
Phyllis L. Mable, 78, died on May 9, 2012 in Washington, DC, her residence since 2001.
Ms. Mable was born February 13, 1934 in Delhi, NY. She completed her B.S. in Home Economics, Child Development, and Family Relationships at Cornell University in 1956. She went on to earn her M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University in 1959, and attended the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University in 1985.
Ms. Mable spent her entire career in education. Her first job was teaching nursery school in Winnetka, Illinois. From there, she worked as a Resident Assistant in graduate school and spent the first twenty years of her career in college residential life, holding various positions at the University of Florida and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1982, she accepted the position of Vice President of Student Affairs at Longwood University, a position she held until her retirement in 2001.
Ms. Mable was not only dedicated to students, but also to the profession of student affairs. She served as President of the American College Personnel Association from 1979-1980 and President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) from 1989-2001. Ms. Mable was the first Executive Director of CAS, a position she held from 2001 until her death in 2012. She is the co-editor of three professional books on the educational role of college residence halls. ACPA honored Ms. Mable with the Annuit Coeptis Award(1981), as a Senior Scholar Diplomate (1987), the Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award (1983), and in 2003 she was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Mable was recognized as an ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree Recipient and as a Pillar of the Profession by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation.
In addition to Ms. Mable’s many professional accomplishments, she was a dedicated friend, enjoying nightly dinner dates, visits to the Kennedy Center, Broadway shows, and travels to friends around the globe. She spread her message of “living, loving, learning, and leaving a legacy.”
Ms. Mable is survived by her extended loving family in Delhi, New York, “nephew” Drew Hudson from Annapolis, Maryland, thousands of beloved friends, and countless admiring colleagues. She was “Aunt Phyllis” to many generations of the children of her dear friends.
Memorial services are being arranged for members of Phyllis’ many communities, including ACPA:
ACPA: College Student Educators International Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada
March 4, 2013, from 8-10p.m.
In further recognitions of the legacy of Phyllis, memorial donations may be made to the Phyllis Mable Citizen Leadership Award Fund at Longwood University or the ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute Fund.
Donations for the Phyllis Mable Citizen Leadership Award may be sent to: University Advancement, Longwood University, 201 High St., Farmville, VA 23909. Checks should be made payable to “Longwood University Foundation.”
Donations for the ACPA Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute may be sent to: ACPA – College Student Educators International, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036. Check should be made payable to the “ACPA Mable Institute.”
In addition, the Phyllis L. Mable Collection is being established at the National Student Affairs Archives at Bowling Green State University. Archivist Ann Bowers invites her papers, correspondence, and other mementos for this collection. If you have photographs, correspondence, speeches, or professional papers, you may send them to Ann Bowers, National Student Affairs Archives, Center for Archival Collections, Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, 419.372.2413, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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“In a profession that has been shaped by the contributions of outstanding and dedicated leaders, a few stand out from the rest, and Phyllis Mable was assuredly one of those few. As one of the founders of what is now the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), its President for over a decade, and its first Executive Director, Phyllis had a direct, tangible, sustained impact on CAS and therefore on student affairs itself. In CAS, she was the first and strongest proponent for the shift to a focus on learning and development outcomes in the standards. Her commitment to CAS and to those of us who were lucky enough to work with her was unwavering. Countless individuals who encountered her received a handwritten note of appreciation or encouragement afterward; personal connection was one of Phyllis’s most memorable gifts. Her love for her students, her staff, her professional colleagues, and her wide circle of friends was deep. She always encouraged us to ‘live, love, learn, and leave a legacy.’ Phyllis Mable did all of that, and more, and we will continue to benefit – individually and collectively – from her influence.”
- Laura Dean, CAS President