MSU’s Hyatt wins NASPA Pillar of the Profession honor for career in student affairs

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Regina Young Hyatt
Regina Hyatt, Mississippi State Vice President for Student Affairs, leads New Maroon Camp attendees through their first drill during the event’s opening ceremony at Bettersworth Auditorium. (Photo by Logan Kirkland)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi—Regina Young Hyatt, Mississippi State Vice President for Student Affairs, will be recognized next year by a leading U.S. professional organization for her work in higher education.

Regina Young Hyatt
Regina Young Hyatt (photo by Megan Bean)

Hyatt recently earned a 2023 Pillar of the Profession Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators for professional contributions to student affairs. Specifically, grantees are selected to deliver services through regional or national leadership roles within the organization; create lasting impact in their professional roles; and demonstrate sustained, lifelong professional distinction in the field of student affairs or higher education generally.

She and 18 other distinguished recipients — from college presidents to independent consultants — will be honored at the 2023 NASPA Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

“I am extremely honored to be recognized as a pillar of the profession by NASPA and to be part of this group of colleagues. I have been fortunate to work with some incredible students during my career in student affairs who remind me every day why I do this job,” said Hyatt. “It has been especially rewarding to serve as Vice President of Student Affairs at MSU, and I am grateful for the support of President Mark E. Keenum, the leadership of our campus, my colleagues in the Student Affairs Division, and our wonderful students and student leaders. .”

In 2015, Hyatt became the first woman to lead MSU’s student affairs efforts when she was named divisional vice president. She provides executive-level leadership and vision for 21 departments focused on student life and engagement; health, safety and welfare; support programs; and success.

Previously, she served as Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Life at the University of South Florida, and Associate Director and student activities assistant at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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