(Feb. 15, 2012) -- Gage E. Paine, UTSA vice president for student affairs, recently was recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) with the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Service as a Dean. This is the second NASPA award Paine has received, following her acceptance of NASPA's John Jones Award in 2011 for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Officer.
NASPA gives the award to an institution's lead student affairs officer who has demonstrated sustained professional service in student affairs work and is the organization's top award for outstanding service.
"I am honored to receive this award, which reflects the success of the entire Division of Student Affairs," said Paine. "I'm equally flattered that people from the UTSA community would take time out of their busy schedules to nominate me."
Paine has worked extensively in university student affairs, serving as vice president for student affairs at Trinity University, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of student life at Southern Methodist University, and associate dean of students at the University of Texas at Austin.
Most recently, Paine was part of the Leadership UTSA implementation team, a collaborative partnership between academic and administrative staff to cultivate leadership skills, institutional vision and organizational change among UTSA faculty and staff. She routinely presents workshops at numerous statewide and national conferences on student affairs topics and served as the director of the New Professionals Institute for NASPA, Region III, in 2008 and 2009. Paine also delivers leadership and strategic planning consultations to a variety of academic and nonprofit audiences.
Comments about the award from Paine's colleagues:
"Dr. Gage Paine is an outstanding professional, strongly rooted in the theory and practice of excellence in Student Affairs. She inspires by being both progressive and selflessly giving of her time and energy. Gage is compassionately transforming students, staff, campus and the community as a whole, which makes her the model for outstanding performance as a senior student affairs officer." -- Ricardo Romo, UTSA president
"Gage brings a collaborative approach to her position that makes her extremely effective as an administrator and as a colleague. Most importantly, she shares freely of her knowledge and makes the staff around her better at their jobs, too. That, I believe, is the mark of a truly outstanding leader, and I feel privileged to work with her." -- John H. Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs
"Besides being such an inspirational leader, we all admire and appreciate, on a personal level, Gage has a heart of gold and a smile that's both contagious and melting. From the very first day that we met to our last one-on-one just a few minutes ago, I have always been thankful for her open, accepting manner -- what a treat it's been sharing ideas and plans with her." -- Joe DeCristoforo, assistant vice president and registrar
"Dr. Paine is truly outstanding as a chief student affairs officer, and her accomplishments are extremely impressive. I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition." -- Kevin Price, associate vice president and dean of students
"Gage has been an awesome leader for our Student Affairs division so it comes as no surprise that she would be honored at the national level. Not only has she taken this division to a completely new level of service and programming, she has also served as an inspiration to me and taught me what it means to be a Student Affairs professional. I am honored to work for her and to continue learning from her vast knowledge and experience." -- Lisa Blazer, assistant vice president for student financial aid
"Gage Paine is the absolute embodiment of the criteria for the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Service as a Dean, a national recognition for her performance as a senior student affairs officer. I think Gage has shown us at UTSA what Student Affairs looks like at the next level." -- George Norton, assistant vice president for admissions, orientation and family programs
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
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