Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, Alfred State College vice president for student affairs, was among 15 student affairs professionals recently honored by the ACPA (American College Personnel Association) Educational Leadership Foundation as a 2009 ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree, for his outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and student affairs.
The Diamond Honoree Program, established by the Foundation in 1999, is both a recognition program and a fund raising activity. Funds raised on behalf of the honorees are used for ACPA and Foundation activities in keeping with the association's purposes and strategic goals. Information about each honoree may be viewed on the ACPA Foundation Web site .
American College Personnel Association (ACPA), headquartered in Washington, DC, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. ACPA leads the student affairs profession and the higher education community in providing outreach, advocacy, research, and professional development to foster college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices, and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community.
Founded in 1924 by May L. Cheney, ACPA has nearly 9,000 members representing 1,500 private and public institutions from across the United States and around the world. Members include organizations and companies that are engaged in the campus marketplace.Members also include graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in student affairs/higher education administration programs, faculty, and student affairs professionals, from entry level to senior student affairs officers.
The Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization), established in 1994, "enhances the student affairs profession and generates and disseminates knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education" (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation). The organization is now known as the ACPA Foundation to more concisely communicate its role as the fundraising arm of ACPA College Student Educators International.
The most compelling interest of the ACPA Foundation is the preparation of students for leadership roles in society. The essential work of the ACPA Foundation is to seek philanthropic support for ACPA initiatives involving research, scholarship, professional development, and leadership programs, as well as its own related initiatives.
Tyrell has been a member of the Alfred State College administration since 2004; prior to joining the Alfred State community, Tyrell served as associate dean for student discipline at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to MIT, he served eight years as associate dean for student affairs at Michigan Tech and 11 years in various positions in residence life, student activities, and student union operations at SUNY New Paltz. Tyrell has a PhD in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Tech, an MA in educational administration and supervision and a BA in speech communication, both from SUNY New Paltz.