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2012.04.13 - Commencement Speaker: Gwendolyn Dungy
Dr. Gwendolyn Dungy, National Association of Student Personnel
Administrators Executive Director Emeritus
Mitchell College announces 68th Commencement Speaker: Dr. Gwendolyn Dungy, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Executive Director Emeritus 

April 13, 2012, New London, CT – 

Dr. Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy, Executive Director Emeritus of the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), will address the graduating class of 2012 at Mitchell College’s 68th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12. The ceremony is set to begin at 10a.m. 

An accomplished speaker, leader, and educator, Dr. Dungy served as executive director of NASPA from 1995 to 2012. During those years she worked as a national advocate for students and was the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners.

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience in higher education, she pursued a number of initiatives during her time at NASPA designed to enhance the association's role in public policy, research, professional development, and student learning and assessment, with a particular interest in the increasing veteran student population.

In the international arena, Dr. Dungy has strengthened alliances between NASPA and associations and non-profit groups in other nations. She has served as a representative of student affairs in countries including Jordan, South Africa, Mexico, and the People's Republic of China.

Dr. Dungy is the author of numerous articles in higher education books, journals, and magazines. Most recently, she edited Exceptional Senior Student Affairs Administrators'  Leadership: Strategies and Competencies for Success, along with Shannon Ellis. She also initiated the oft-cited Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience and was a contributing author of Learning Reconsidered II: A Practical Guide to Implementing a Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience. 

Dr. Dungy has served as a member of the board of directors of HEADS UP - A University Neighborhood Initiative in Washington, D.C., the American Association of University 
Women's Legal Advocacy Fund, the AAUW Educational Foundation, the Morris Shelter and Morris Museum, and as a former trustee of the California Institute of Integral Studies and Gettysburg College.

Before joining NASPA, Dr. Dungy was associate director of the Curriculum and Faculty Development Network and coordinator of the National Diversity Network at the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Previously, she was a senior administrator at the County College of Morris (NJ), Montgomery College (MD), and Catonsville Community College (MD), and a counseling faculty member at St. Louis Community College (MO).

A licensed psychologist and a nationally certified professional counselor and career counselor, Dr. Dungy's educational background includes a B.S. and M.S. degrees from Eastern Illinois University, an M.A. degree from Drew University in New Jersey, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Dr. Mary Ellen Jukoski, president of Mitchell College, is excited to have a national leader on campus to give the College’s 68th Commencement address. “With Dr. Dungy’s seasoned experience as an educator and knowledgeable student affairs professional, I am confident she will have sage words of wisdom for our graduating students.”

According to Jason Ebbeling, Mitchell College's vice president for student affairs and dean of students, Gwen Dungy spent a day on the Mitchell campus in February with various members of the campus community, including trustees, the President, the Student Affairs staff, and a group of students. “Dr. Dungy had the opportunity to really get to know the campus in preparation for her speech,” said Ebbeling. “Additionally, she has had the opportunity to talk with several graduating students by phone over the last few weeks and get a better sense of the Mitchell College experience."

Commencement will be held on the College’s Great Lawn, where approximately 200 graduates are expected receive their degrees. Chair seating is available for ticket-holders only. Lawn seating will be open to the public. For more information, visit our Graduation and Commencement Information website, call 860-701-5079, or email