CSU, Chico News

Student Affairs VP Receives Prestigious Award

Date: 03-21-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico Vice President for Student Affairs Drew Calandrella received the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) last week at its annual convention in Montreal, Quebec.

Calandrella was one of 16 administrators and professors to receive the 2016 Diamond Honoree Award, which recognizes outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and student affairs.

The ACPA, headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association with nearly 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions in the U.S. and around the world.

ACPA members nominate Diamond Honorees and contribute financial support in the honorees’ names, which goes into a fund that supports research and scholarly activities and professional development scholarships for members.

Calandrella said he was humbled by the award and the support shown by his student affairs colleagues in nominating him.

Calandrella has been vice president for Student Affairs at CSU, Chico since 2006. Previously, he had been vice president for Enrollment and Student Academic Services at Sonoma State and vice president for Student Affairs at Rowan University in New Jersey. He has a B.A. and master’s degree from the College of New Jersey and a certificate of Advance Graduate Study from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the doctoral program for Higher Education Administration, Policy and Research.

Helping students fulfill their potential outside of their academic pursuits continues to be an abiding passion for Calandrella. “We create classrooms without walls,” he said, through the many programs in Student Affairs. In addition, Calandrella is particularly pleased with how Chico State helps students develop as leaders. “Every school endeavors to do it but we really focus on it,” he said.