On September 1, 2023, Gayle Spencer will enter into a new role as CAS President.
CAS is proud to welcome Gayle Spencer, Ph.D. as the incoming president of the organization. Gayle has extensive experience working in higher education and student affairs. Her term as CAS president will begin September 1, 2023.
Gayle Spencer is currently the Director of the Illinois Leadership Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also serves as an instructor in the College of Engineering teaching “Emotional Intelligence Skills” and “Leading Sustainable Change.” Previously, she served as an Associate Dean of Student Life and adjunct faculty member for the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. Spencer has also worked at the University of Notre Dame (IN), and the University of Houston (TX).
Spencer received a Ph.D. in Student Counseling and Personnel Services from Kansas State University, a M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Spencer served as the Chair of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Board of Directors from 2002-2003 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1999-2004. Spencer was the 1999 NACA National Convention Chair and was the Chair of the NACA Diversity Task Force.
Spencer is currently representing NACA on the Council for Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education National Board of Directors and serves on its Executive Board. She is currently the President-Elect of CAS, and will assume the presidency on September 1, 2023.
Awards and honors Spencer has received include the 2015 Founders Award from NACA, the 2005 Western Illinois University Alumni Achievement Award, the 2004 NACA East Coast Higher Education Research Scholarship, and the 2004 American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Student Involvement Research Award.
We are excited to welcome Gayle into this leadership position and are confident in her commitment to CAS!
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