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.
The NAPAHE Board of Directors hard at work during the 32nd Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA
Presidential assistants have a unique job, and for many of us, it’s hard to find resources on our campus to inform all aspects of our work. NAPAHE has connected me to presidential assistants across the country who understand broadly our challenging and complex work, and who can give specific recommendations about making certain tasks easier or more efficient.
Each year, I look forward to the NAPAHE Conference as a chance to mentor and be mentored. I’ve garnered advice (about planning a presidential inauguration and about participating as a member of the president’s cabinet, for example) and given it (about thriving during a presidential transition and developing your own professional skills). But, most importantly, I’ve developed relationships that sustain and energize my work. And, NAPAHE continues to add value to my work over multiple years of participation.
Kathryn A. E. Enke, Ph.D.
Chief of Staff and Lead Title IX Coordinator
College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN