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Pat Whitely Appointed to Catholic Campus Ministry Board

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    Patricia A. Whitely

    Patricia A. Whitely

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 27, 2018)—Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia A. Whitely, who has played a key role in the development of the University’s Catholic Campus Ministry since joining the UM staff in 1982, has been appointed to the national executive board of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA).

    “I am so honored to be chosen by the CCMA to represent higher education and Catholic Campus Ministry,” Whitely said. “One of my most fulfilling experiences in higher education was participating in their terrific campus ministry program as an undergraduate. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the organization on a national level and share my experiences with a new generation.”

    Composed of nearly 700 campus ministers at more than 500 college campuses and 144 dioceses across the U.S., the CCMA fosters the professional, spiritual, and theological growth of campus ministers and promotes the mission of the Catholic Church in higher education.

    As an undergraduate student, Whitely was very involved in the Catholic Campus Ministry at St. John’s University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and theology. In her early years at UM, where she began her career as a residence coordinator in 1982, she served as a part-time minister. Most recently, she advocated for the Archdiocese of Miami to appoint UM’s first Catholic chaplain, Father Phillip Tran, who assumed his post in 2017.

    Vice president for student affairs since 1997, Whitely is no stranger to national service. One of the nation’s most highly honored and recognized student affairs professionals, she chaired the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ (NASPA) board of directors in 2014-15, and has served on NASPA’s Foundation Board, Editorial Board, and Region III Committee. A frequent presenter for the NASPA Alice Manicur Symposium, she also has received NASPA’s highest honors, from Region III’s John Jones Award for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Professional in 2012 to the 2013 NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer, the highest award in her profession.

    Whitely is held in equal esteem on the UM campus, where in 2012, the Student Government Executive Board honored her by creating and bestowing on her the inaugural “Patricia A. Whitely Unsung Hero Award.” In 2017, the Faculty Senate honored her with its James W. McLamore Outstanding Service and Leadership Award for her countless contributions to the University community.

    After graduating from St. John’s, Whitely received her master’s degree in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina, and her doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Miami. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Administration program in the School of Education and Human Development’s Department of Educational and Psychological Studies.



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