Texas State's Joanne Smith honored with Professional Service Award

Joanne Smith
Joanne Smith

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
February 27, 2018

SAN MARCOS – Joanne Smith, vice president for student affairs at Texas State University, had been awarded the Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

The award will be presented March 12 in Houston during the annual ACPA Convention.

This award honors the life and work of Esther Lloyd-Jones, a past president of the ACPA. The award recipient exemplifies the profession's commitment to service through significant, continued and unselfish service/leadership activities that have benefited the nominee’s campus, the profession, ACPA and the profession's practice on the state and national level.

Award recipients must have a minimum of 15 years as a scholar or practitioner in student affairs within an institution of higher education; evidence of making significant contributions to the co-curricular student experience, their campus and/or their colleagues; be well-versed in the literature and has evidence of applying theory to practice in their work; and have demonstrated commitment to ACPA.

Smith came to Texas State in 1992 as director of residence life. In 2000, she began serving as the associate vice president for student affairs and director of enrollment management. She was named vice president for student affairs in 2005. Smith was one of the founding faculty members for the student affairs master’s program and continues to work with the program. She has been actively working in student affairs for more than 40 years.

Smith earned a B.S. in elementary education at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, a master's degree in student personnel and guidance from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D. in student personnel administration from Kansas State University.

The ACPA, headquartered in Washington, D.C., at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. Founded in 1924 by May L. Cheney, the ACPA has nearly 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world.

About Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 184,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.