Dean for Student Life Larry G. Benedict has been honored as a 2008 Pillar of the Profession by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation.
The award, which was presented to Benedict at the annual NASPA Conference on Monday, March 10, honors members of the profession who are individuals of professional distinction, have served in leadership roles in NASPA and are recognized by colleagues, friends, students or student organizations for extraordinary service.
Dean Benedict will retire in June 2008, after three decades of work in higher education. He came to MIT as Dean for Student Life in 2000 and has been instrumental in transforming the way the Institute approaches student life on campus.
With more than 11,000 members at 1,400 campuses, and representing 29 countries, NASPA is the largest professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty and graduate students.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 19, 2008 (download PDF).