The Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) has honored Ohio University Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina with the Phillip A. Tripp Distinguished Service Award.
This award recognizes student affairs professionals with more than 15 years of experience in the field who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the profession.
“Ohio University and our students are very lucky to have Jason Pina as the Vice President for Student Affairs,” President M. Duane Nellis said. “He has been a leader for the continual improvement of our Division of Student Affairs.”
Pina was nominated by a Jivanto van Hemert, a student affairs professional at the University of Dayton, and supported by two letters from colleagues at OHIO. One coworker’s letter stated, “Jason is unquestionably among the most thoughtful and dedicated student affairs leaders I have worked with in over 20 years in higher education. His impact on Ohio University's student affairs organization and on the student experience at our University in just a short few years has been extraordinary.”
In addition to Pina’s work as the vice president for student affairs, OCPA was impressed by his role on the board that planned the national conference for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), his innovative way of promoting leadership to student employees through the Ohio University Leadership Endorsement, and his refocusing of the division. They also considered his teaching, research and publications as part of the selection process.
Pina said he was proud to receive the award and thankful to his nominators. “Ohio University and our students mean a great deal to me. I am grateful that OCPA recognized my work and am excited to continue making Ohio University an empowering and inclusive place for all students.”