NAPAHE serves presidential assistants (PAs) and other professionals supporting higher education leaders and strives to enhance our profession through programs, networking, and information resources that address the broad range of roles fulfilled by our members in service to presidential leadership and higher education. In addition to information generally available to the public, we have a wealth of information available to our members.
After arriving at my institution and slowly finding my way through the position, I began to develop a sense of loneliness. I had no colleagues who I could turn to for advice. My other cabinet colleagues could not relate to my own experiences, or the confidential nature of my work prevented me from seeking their counsel. Joining NAPAHE provided me that network for which I longed.
Attending my first conference provided me a chance to debrief challenging situations I had experienced, and in many cases learn that many others face them too, while gaining valuable insights about improving my work in the future. Even when I think I have developed a best practice, I attend a NAPAHE conference or check the listserv and find ways to refine my work. Without a doubt, I am a more efficient and effective presidential assistant as a result of my relationship with NAPAHE.
Wesley R. Fugate
Vice President and Chief of Staff,
Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia