CSU, Chico News

Campus Housing Director Earns Top Industry Award

Date: 06-26-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico housing director David Stephen has received a prestigious Parthenon Award from an international association for his leadership and contributions to the field of campus housing.

The Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) honored Stephen during a ceremony at the association’s annual conference on June 16 in Minneapolis. The association represents about 7,000 student housing officials from 1,000 campuses worldwide and provides professional education, resources and services.

Granted by the organization’s fundraising arm, the ACUHO-I Foundation, the Parthenon is its most prestigious award and recognizes outstanding achievement, service, leadership and contributions to the campus-housing field. Recipients must have contributed 10 years of service to the housing profession and five years of service at the regional or international level of ACUHO-I.

Stephen, who has served as director of University Housing and Food Service at CSU, Chico since 2003, manages a program that accommodates 2,150 residential students in residence halls, thematic houses and apartment-style facilities, and serves more than 15,000 meals each week on average.

In 2010, Stephen oversaw construction of Sutter Residence Hall and Dining Complex, the first residence-hall style project in the CSU system to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold-certified status. Earlier this year, Sutter Residential Dining Center won the National Association of College and University Food Service’s 2013 Silver Plate Award for its excellence in menus, merchandising and presentation, marketing, nutrition and other program/services.

As a volunteer with ACUHO-I, Stephen has an extensive record of service that includes serving as president in 2002-2003. In 2012, he was inducted as lifetime member of the association’s northwest region, NWACUHO. The NWACUHO Service & Leadership Award was named in his honor after he received the award in both 1986 and 1990. He also met his wife of nearly 19 years through ACUHO-I volunteer work.

“I am sincerely honored, humbled and grateful,” Stephen said of his being selected for the award. “This is a career capstone event; it’s breathtaking.”

To learn more about CSU, Chico’s housing services, visit www.csuchico.edu/housing. For more about ACUHO-I and the Parthenon Award, visit www.acuho-i.org.