The Fayetta M. Paulsen Accomplished Leader

The Fayetta M. Paulsen Accomplished Leader Award is presented by OCPA to a student affairs professional who has, through outstanding leadership, made significant contributions to the field and to the institution of which the professional is a part. The professional has achieved innovative responses in meeting the varied and emerging needs of today’s students.


About Fayetta M. Paulsen

In June of 1990, Fayetta M. Paulsen retired as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Residential Services at Bowling Green State University. This event honors her 27 years of service to the University. While at BGSU, she also served as the Associate Dean of Students, Acting Dean of Students, and Dean of Women. Prior to coming to Bowling Green, she was Dean of Women at Luther College, Associate Professor and Chair of Health and Physical Education for Women at Augustana College, and Professor and Acting Director of Health and Physical Education for Women at St. Olaf College. 

Professional organizations played an important part of Ms. Paulsen’s career. She served as president of OAWDAC, OCPA, and the Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators (OASPA.) Additionally, she held several offices within the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors. She also published articles in the Journal of NAWDAC and Fraternity Month. She made presentations throughout the state, region, and nation.

Ms. Paulsen died February 20, 2005. (

The selection criteria for the Fayetta M. Paulsen Accomplished Leader Award are as follows:

  • Significant contributions to the field of student affairs and to the institution.
  • Evidence of serving as a role model to students and professionals.
  • Demonstrated leadership and innovation in the field by meeting students' needs.

Past Recipients 

 2019-20  G. Dean Patterson, Case Western Reserve University
 2018-19  Dr. Vicka Bell-Robinson, Miami University
 2017-18  Lacey Filkins, Kenyon College
 2016-17  Karen Hagans, Ashland University
 2015-16  Brandon Mikulski, The University of Akron
 2014-15  Dr. Roxanne DuVivier, Wright State University
 2013-14  Dr. Julie Ann Snyder, Bowling Green State University
 2008-13  Not Awarded
 2007-08  Dwayne Todd, Columbus College of Art & Design
 2006-07  Paul Putnam, Cleveland State University
 2003-05  Not Awarded
 2002-03  Robin Gagnow, Kent State University
 2001-02  Tracy Benner, Otterbein College
 1999-01  Not Awarded
 1998-99  Denise Reading, Baldwin Wallace University
 1994-98  Not Awarded
 1993-94  Dr. Fiona MacKinnon, Bowling Green State University

Voting for the 2019-20 OCPA Executive Board will open from March 5th until March 15th. Members can login to their Member Portal to complete the election ballot. Below are the resumes for the nominees for each elected position. Members are encouraged to review all candidates prior to voting.


Nominee Name Nominee Institution Nominee Resume Nominee Answers
Nominees for President-Elect
 Lacey Filkins  Kenyon College  Resume  Answers
 Mark Zeno  Heidelberg University  Resume  Answers
Secretary & Membership Chair
 Dave Vale  Case Western Reserve University  Resume  Answers
 Christopher Wood  Denison University  Resume  Answers
Nominees for Graduate Student Member-at-Large
 Brianna Agner  Ohio University  Resume  Answers
 Vanessa Bak  Ohio University  Resume  Answers
 Zach Hooten  The Ohio State University  Resume  Answers
 Renee Murry  The University of Akron  Resume  Answers
 Hunter Taylor  The Ohio State University  Resume  Answers

Elections for the 2019-20 OCPA Executive Board are open from March 5th through March 15th

Voting for the 2019-20 OCPA Executive Board will open from March 5th until March 15th. Members can login to their Member Portal to complete the election ballot. Information about all candidates is available through the Election Candidates page. Members are encouraged to review all candidates prior to voting.

Detailed position descriptions can be found here. For more information regarding the OCPA Executive Board Elections process, please contact Dr. Colette Masterson, OCPA President-Elect, at

Elected Positions

The following positions are elected by the OCPA Membership and will be open for nominations for the 2019-20 year.


Secretary & Membership Chair

Graduate Student Members-at-Large (2 Positions)

Appointed Positions

The following positions are appointed by the OCPA President and will be open for nominations for the 2019-20 year.

Assistant Annual Conference Chair

Assistant Careers Conference Chair

Assistant Treasurer

Equity & Inclusion Chair

Faculty Liaison


Journal Editor

Professional Development Chair

OCPA offers many opportunities engaging conferences and professional development each year with the goal of helping connect Higher Education professionals, graduate students and undergraduate students. Below you will find some brief information about each conference as well as links to their individual pages.


OCPA Annual Conference 

January 28 & 29, 2021 (Online)

Traditionally, the OCPA Annual Conference is held every January in Worthington, OH (2021 will be fully online) and is designed to help connect and reconnect higher education professionals and graduate students from all across Ohio through professional development. With highly engaging program sessions, engaging speakers and nightly socials, the Annual Conference is a great opportunity for professionals across the state to build a network of colleagues and enhance their own campus experience through professional development.

Annual Conference Sponsorship Opportunities


OCPA Careers in Student Affairs Conference 

October, 2021
Location TBA

The OCPA Careers in Student Affairs Conference takes place each fall and is geared towards providing undergraduate students an opportunity to explore a career in Student Affairs. OCPA invites students to participate in a one day drive-in conference at one of the premier institutions of higher education around the state to discover the possibilities of choosing a career in higher education.

More Information


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Professional Development Institutes

Professional Development Institutes are an ongoing series of one day drive-in professional development opportunities sponsored by OCPA. Each PDI is held at a sponsoring institution.










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Graduate Student Membership - $10.00 (Exclusive to current graduate students only)

1 Year Professional Membership - $30.00

5 Year Professional Membership - $120.00