SJG’s Peter Rosenberg Receives the 2014 NWACUHO Kay Rich Lifetime Achievement Award


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SJG is proud to announce that our own Peter Rosenberg is the recipient of the 2014 NWACUHO Kay Rich Lifetime Achievement Award.  The NWACUHO Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted in 2003 to acknowledge the contributions that individual housing professionals have made as leaders and mentors throughout the course of their careers, whether at NWACUHO member institutions or elsewhere. In 2010 the award was officially renamed after its first recipient, Kay Rich.

We would like to congratulate Peter for his achievements, and for this prestigious award!  We would also like to share an excerpt from Peter’s nomination letter, written by Steve Fitterer, Director of Residence Services at Mount Royal University:

For more than 25 years, Peter has been dedicated to residence life and to higher education in general.  Professionally, Peter spent many years at Western Washington University touching many lives and leaving a lasting impact on those who had the pleasure of working with him.  Peter served on the NWACUHO Executive Board in several capacities including the Presidential cycle, leading our organization as President in 1997.  Peter has also served Higher Education in many other capacities including volunteering for the Executive Board for ACUHO-I and as faculty at the National Housing Training Institute.  Even after Peter moved out of residence life and into the private sector as a Senior Associate at SJG – The Spelman and Johnson Group, he has continued to volunteer his time in many capacities including presenting at our annual conference and serving as keynote speaker at a regional drive in.

…When asked to share their thoughts on Peter, the response was overwhelming.  I would like to share some of their statements.

“It was due to Peter’s support and encouragement that I initially spoke up at NWACUHO meetings – this led me to get increasingly involved in leadership roles, which led me to terms as NWACUHO Treasurer and President. While Peter may not know it, he is one of the people in my life who stand out as having engaged with and encouraged me at a critical time in my professional career.”  Jason Hunter, NWACUHO President in 2001 and Vice President, Student and Community Engagement, Humber College

“I have known Peter in multiple capacities for over 25 years.  He has dedicated his life to higher education whether serving as a student leader, housing professional or recruiter for Spelman Johnson.  He has been especially supportive of the region by continually helping other professionals realize their goals. He exemplifies the true meaning of a NWACUHO professional by being a person of strong character who cares deeply for those he serves.  His life’s work speaks volumes of his commitment.”  Vennie Gore, NWACUHO President in 2004, ACUHO-I President in 2012 and Vice President for Auxiliary Services, Michigan State University

“In nearly 19 years within the Student Affairs field Peter Rosenberg has been my single most influential role model/mentor.   He is compassionate, insightful, inspirational, reflective, and full of grace.  He left a lasting impression for those of us who had the privilege of working with him – and recognition for his services would be well deserved.”  David Ruble, Manager of Apartments and Guest Housing at Western Washington University

“Peter has been a part of my Residence Life career for nearly two decades, starting from my first day as an RA. He’s been a teacher, a source of challenge and growth, an encourager, and an inspiration. He’s taught me to lead with humility, and to stay connected to my passion for helping others. Peter taught me that you can go far as a leader with a gentle touch, and always made our work seem so effortless. He’s continued to be a mentor and friend, and is the example that I strive to emulate in my work. I literally would not be where I am today without his influence.” Amy Akana, Assistant Director of Residence Life at the University of Oregon

“I have a vivid memory of Peter describing his love for running, and how this personal passion of his kept him centered at work. This authenticity he shared with students coming from the Director of Residence Life was something that struck a chord with me, and many of my peers. Peter’s willingness to share a bit of himself is something I continue to admire and learn from. He has continued to be a strong advocate of all new professionals and embodies the best of what housing and residence life has to offer – flexibility, compassion, humor, and authenticity.” Jenni Chadick, Assistant Director of Residence Life at the University of Puget Sound

“One of the things that strikes me about Peter is his commitment and dedication to the profession, despite having moved out of the institutional setting and into a vendor relationship. He has encouraged his company, Spelman and Johnson, to take a developmental approach in our field – working with associations such as NWACUHO to help develop newer professionals into the directors of the future. He left his mark at a number of institutions within the NWACUHO region, and continues to leave his mark by placing countless professionals into great job-fits throughout the nation.” Josh Gana, Assistant Director, Housing and Food Services, University of Washington

Ellen Heffernan

President - Spelman Johnson

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a ten-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a national speaker and writer on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Ellen also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.