September 30, 2011

National student personnel leader to speak

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Levester Johnson, president-elect of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and vice president for Student Affairs at Butler University, will visit Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Johnson’s visit, in conjunction with National Careers in Student Affairs Month, will include a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the first floor rotunda of Morris Library and a 6 p.m. presentation in the John C. Guyon Auditorium.

Johnson’s lecture is titled “Tricks of the Trade:  Career Advancement in Student Affairs.”    He will highlight the divergent direct and divergent indirect paths leading to a career and advancement in student affairs as well as skills development and effective use of social media. The presentation is free and open to the public.

His Twitter account, @LevesterJohnson, earned recognition from NASPA’s Leadership Exchange magazine and’s “25 College Presidents You Should Follow on Twitter” list.  He spoke about social media and transitioning students at the Confederation of Student Services in Ireland conference in June and at several other conferences and college campuses about social media.

Founded in 1919, NASPA is the leading student affairs professional association with more than 12,000 members all over the world.  Johnson will serve as president in 2012.  He previously served as regional vice president, regional advisory board workshops coordinator, co-chair of the 2006 NASPA Small College and University Institute and on the planning committees for national conferences.

In addition to his position at Butler and his work with NASPA, Johnson is also active in civic activities including serving on several boards of directors for schools and programs.  He also works to assist college students in becoming involved and committed in their communities and with civic causes.  He also works to promote cultural diversity.

Sponsors of the event include the Higher Education Student Association (HESA) registered student organization, the educational administration and higher education department, the College of Education and Human Services, The Graduate and Professional Student Council, University Housing and Student Life and Intercultural Relations. Also while in Carbondale, Johnson will meet with faculty and staff as well as with HESA members.