About the Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference

The Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference is a volunteer social organization that exists to help provide an affordable, convenient and educational conference for student affairs professionals in the greater Delaware Valley. Any school administrator is invited and encouraged to attend this annual event.  

The conference committee consists of volunteers from many schools in the region who hold a variety of administrative positions from Student Affairs, Career Services, Residential Affairs, Academic Affairs and more!  

Each year, the committee invites a prominent person of influence in the field of Higher Education to be our Keynote Speaker to kick off the conference. Below is a list of speakers from years past:

DVSAC Keynotes from 1975 to the Present

2018             Dr. Zebulun Davenport, Vice President for Student Affairs, West Chester University

2017             Deborah Diamond, Ph.D. President, Campus Philly

2016              Fran Cubberley, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Delaware                       County Community College

2015              Denise F. Poole, Manager of Academic Services & Compliance Officer, Department of                            Athletics, New York University

                       Topic: Student Affairs & Intercollegiate Athletics: Overcoming Challenges and Seizing                            Opportunities 

2014               Susan Dicklitch, Associate Dean of the College and Director, The Ware Institute for Civic                         Engagement and Professor of Government

2013                Chancellor, Wendell Pritchett, Rutgers University, Camden Campus

2012                Remarks from a New President, John A. Fry, President, Drexel University

2011                Community-Based Learning: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going and Why It                                      Matters, Bobbie Hackett, President of the Bonner Foundation

2010                 Connecting for Meaningful Engagement, Dr. Norah Shultz, Associate Vice President                               for Undergraduate Education, Arcadia University

2009                 Navigating Ever Changing Currents:  My Compass Is An iPhone, Dr. Mary-Elaine Perry,                           Assistant Vice President of Student Development, St. Joseph’s University

2008                Be Careful What We Wish For! Dr. Jan Walbert, President of NASPA and Vice President                            for Student Affairs, Arcadia University

2007                Organizations as Oral Tapestries, Dr. Patrick Love, Associate Provost for Student                                    Success, Pace University

2006                The Millennials: A Perspective of America’s Next Generation and Their Impact on                                    Higher Education, Stephen Merritt, Dean of Enrollment Management, Villanova                                      University

2005                Learning Reconsidered – Purposeful Learning and Student Affairs, Dr. Gregory                                        Roberts, Executive Director, ACPA

2004                Civility in the Eye of the Beholder:  Will We Know It When We See It?, Dr. Larry Moneta,                           Vice President for Student Affairs, Duke University

2003                  Visions for the Future:  Institutions in Transitions

                          Dr. David Adamany, President, Temple University

                          Dr. Bette Landman, President, Arcadia University

                          Dr. Karen Stout, President, Montgomery County Community College

2002                Refocusing Community:  The Changing Landscape, Dr. Linda Dunphy, Vice President of                          Student Life and Academic Development, St. Joseph’s University

2001                Student Affairs – The Changing Landscape, Joanne Goldwater, Assistant Dean for                                    Residential Life, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Herman Kissiah, Dean of Students,                          Retired, Lafayette College

2000                The Strategic Learning Cycle – Not a Destination but a Never Ending Journey, Dr.                                    William Klepper, Academic Director and Professor of Executive Education, Columbia                              University, Graduate School of Business      

1999                25 Years:  Learning from Our Past, Changing for Our Future, Dr. Gwendolyn Dungy,                                Executive Director, NASPA

1998                  Models of Excellence, Dr. Marvin Lazerson, Carruth Family Professor of Education,                                  University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Ursula Wagener, Adjunct Professor of Education,                              University of Pennsylvania

1997                The Heart of the Matter: Students, Dr. William Willimon, Chaplain, Duke University

1996                New Expectations, New Realities, Dr. Susan Komives, Associate Professor, University of                          Maryland at College Park

1995                Celebrating Our Students, Dr. Leila Moore, Director of Student Unions, Pennsylvania                              State University

1994                Celebrate 20 – Anticipate 2000, Dr. Charlotte Jacobson Widdle, CEO, Human Resources                          Development

1993                Pieces of the Puzzle: Creating a New Campus Community, Dr. William Sullivan, LaSalle                          University

1992                Student Affairs in the 90’s:  Searching for the Silver Lining, Dr. Larry Pollock and                                      Thelma J. Greco, The Pennsylvania State University – New Kensington

1991                A Balance of Rights, Gary Pavela, JS, University of Maryland at College Park

1990                A New Decade:  Changing and Rearranging, Dr. Lee Upcraft, Pennsylvania State                                      University

1989                Unity within Diversity:  The Common Ground, Dr. Jacqui Wade, Bennett College

1988                Scruples:  More Than Just a Game, Margaret Barr, Texas Christian University

1987                Orienteering in Student Affairs:  Following Old Paths … Blazing New Trails, William L.                              “Bud” Thomas, Jr., University of Maryland

1986                Futures:  Speculation for Higher Education, Ted Hershberg, University of Pennsylvania

1985                Challenges and Contributions of Higher Education, Judith Eaton, President,                                              Community College of Philadelphia

1984                A Perfect Ten, Howard Crosby, Rutgers University

1983                Management Techniques for Educators, Louis S. Stamatakos, Michigan State                                            University

1982                Student Affairs Professional – Educator, Louis S. Stamatakos, Michigan State University

1981                Students of the 80’s: New Services / New Challenges, Phyllis Mable, Virginia                                              Commonwealth University

1980                Changing and Rearranging:  Not Just Surviving, But Excelling in the 80’s, Allen T.                                      Bonnell, President, Community College of Philadelphia, James H. McCormick,                                          President, Bloomsburg University and G. Dennis O’Brien, President, Bucknell                                            University

1979                Accountability in Student Affairs, Douglas Heath, Haverford College

1978                Prospect:  Student Affairs on Higher Education, Ed Maguire, Commissioner of                                          Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

1977                Practical Approaches to Building Commitments for Student Development, Theodore K.                          Miller, University of Georgia

1976                Student Activities – Can College Justify and Afford Them as a Professionally Staffed                                Function Any Longer?, Preston Parr, Lehigh University

1975                Concerns of Student Affairs Professionals