Dr. Frank Lamas, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at California State University, Fresno, will receive the APLU Council on Student Affairs’ (CSA) inaugural Outstanding Senior Student Affairs Professional Award. The award recognizes a demonstrated record of: excellence as a scholar-practitioner; leadership in professional organizations; and distinctive contributions to the profession. The award will be presented at APLU’s Annual Meeting next month in San Diego.
Lamas’s tenure at Fresno State has included the launch of a student money management center, a food pantry, and a Center for Dreamers. As co-chair of the university’s Student Success Team, he has also worked to address remedial education, class availability, advising rations, and student employment. Members of the CSA Awards Committee also noted Lamas’s significant contributions to the field of student affairs and higher education.
“We are so excited to be awarding the first-ever CSA Award to Dr. Lamas who has demonstrated an incredible passion for students’ development and success,” said Travis York, Assistant Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at APLU. “The CSA Executive Committee began working two years ago to develop three new awards aimed at recognizing the incredible contributions that APLU’s Senior Student Affairs Officers make on their campuses, their communities, and the profession. What makes these awards so special is that they are generated from among professionals in the field.”
Prior to joining Fresno State, he served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Texas at Arlington for a decade. In that position, he expanded the Division of Student Affairs to better address student needs. This expansion included a leadership program, a relationship and sexual violence prevention program, and a center for community service learning, among other programs. He also prioritized diversity, increasing the number of staff from underrepresented backgrounds by 30 percent in his division.