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Dr. Mel Norwood selected to serve as NASPA Region III representative

By Erika Neldner

Reinhardt University’s Dean of Students is the voice of small colleges and universities across the southeast, as well as several countries outside the U.S., as he serves in a new volunteer role with NASPA, a national organization for student affairs professionals.

Dr. Mel C Norwood, II has been selected as the Region III representative for the Small Colleges and Universities Division.

“One aspect of Reinhardt’s strategic plan is to encourage our faculty and staff to connect with the various communities that our institution serves; higher education is the professional community in which we work,” said Provost Dr. Mark Roberts. “It’s exciting to see Dr. Norwood, Dean of Students, be selected for this important service position.”

Norwood has served with NASPA for the last four years as the African American Knowledge Community representative.

“NASPA is the premiere student affairs organization in the country,” Norwood said. “I will be responsible for reaching out to the leaders of the small colleges and universities in Region III to promote their needs and provide opportunities.”

Region III is the largest region of NASPA and includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Armenia, Bulgaria, Japan, Kenya, South Africa and Taiwan.

Norwood is excited to serve in such a prestigious role with the organization and bring the needs of Reinhardt and other universities to the forefront.

“I want to make sure we are well represented in this student affairs organization,” Norwood said. “National organizations typically are dominated by larger universities.  I’ll be charged with getting an understanding of the needs of all the institutions and reaching out to student affairs professionals in the region and learning how NASPA can respond to these things as it relates to student affairs.”

Norwood joined Reinhardt University in July. He earned his Doctorate in Education at Auburn University where he wrote a dissertation titled, “An Examination of Factors Influencing African American Students’ Choice to Attend Predominately White Institutions.”  He has served in a variety of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs positions, including Outreach Coordinator(Michigan Tech), Director of First-Year Experience Programs (Edward Waters College), Campus Achievement Leader (Florida State College at Jacksonville), and Director of Retention & Transition Services at Miami Dade College where he assisted with revising student academic intervention programming to reduce overall academic warnings, probations, and suspensions by 3.4 percent. 

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Dr. Mel C Norwood II

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