Vincent Bowhay Wins GSKC Research Award from NASPA

Vincent Bowhay Vincent Bowhay (fourth from the left) is honored along with seven other KC Scholars at the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference.

Vincent Bowhay, Director of Campus Success at Campus Labs, was recently named a NASPA Gender & Sexuality Knowledge Community Scholar. He received his award on March 14 at the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The GSKC Scholar Award recognizes excellence and innovations that have contributed to student affairs in higher education. The honor includes a grant for academic research.

Vincent’s dissertation, Breaking the Lavender Ceiling: The Experiences of Self-Identified Out LGBTQ University Presidents, explores the perspectives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals who aspire to leadership positions and are open about their sexual orientation and gender identity. Years of working alongside different campus administrators sparked his interest in the topic. “When I found out that so few presidents were also openly LGBTQ, I became interested in learning more about their experiences,” Vincent said. In May he will graduate from Baker University’s School of Education with a Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education.

As Director of Campus Success, Vincent works with Member Campuses in the midwest/west region. His focus is on strengthening student engagement and encouraging an enterprise approach to strategic planning and assessment. For his work as a Campus Success consultant, he draws inspiration from his academic research and his belief in a profession that strives for diversity and inclusion. “As a partner in higher education, I want to make sure that every voice on campus is heard,” Vincent explained. “As a consultant, I work with campuses to help them better understand their colleagues and students. I want to help campuses document their successes and discover the opportunities available for improving the lives of others.”

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession for all 50 states, 25 countries, and eight U.S. territories. NASPA’s Gender & Sexuality Knowledge Community promotes personal and professional growth, while advocating for a greater understanding of gender and sexuality needs.

We congratulate Vincent on earning this honor and are proud to support his work on behalf of higher education.