UNCW Vice-Chancellor Lowell Davis to serve as President of the North American Association of Summer Sessions
Monday 01 November 2021
UNCW Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs Lowell Davis has been chosen to chair the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS).
NAASS is a non-profit association of higher education administrators in the United States, Canada, and Mexico who lead or work closely with summer and special sessions. The association promotes the advancement of scholarships and research to improve the critical nature of summer and special sessions for colleges and universities. It also provides opportunities for administrators to share best practices for student success.
Davis will begin his term at the association’s annual business meeting on November 12. He was chosen as president-elect in 2019, a post he held for two years due to the pandemic. He will be president for a year.
âI am very happy to lead a group of professionals as well as an organization that has a real mission to support summer activities,â said Davis. “The people who participate in NAASS are the people who run a myriad of programs to improve their campuses and the lives of the students who attend.”
During his tenure as president-elect, Davis and the association’s executive committee developed a strategic plan for the organization.
âI would like to put the strategic plan into action and increase the number of our members,â he said. âThis organization has something for everyone. We discuss pre-college and gateway programs, compensation models, marketing, on-campus minors, as well as risk management. As an organization, we are focused on supporting professionals responsible for summer programs nationally and internationally.
In addition to his new leadership role with NAASS, Davis was recently elected to the 2024 class of the Executive Committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Student Affairs Council.
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Its executive committee organizes sessions, meetings and activities held during the APLU Annual Meeting and the CSA Summer Forum. The committee also contributes to outreach and engagement efforts for new CSA members.
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