Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Bridgewater Vice President Edits Book on Student Affairs Leadership

Dr. Jason B. Pina, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Bridgewater State University, has co-edited and authored chapters in a book devoted to student affairs professionals.

AVP: Leading from the Unique Role of Associate/Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, co-edited with Amy Hecht, provides leadership strategies for new and veteran AVPs and midlevel managers who are considering an AVP position.

Dr. Pina, a student affairs and enrollment management professional with more than 20 years of experience, came to Bridgewater several years ago as vice president of a division that provides student services in housing, involvement and leadership, admissions and financial aid, health and wellness, athletics, new student and family programs.

“This book was an outgrowth of my work with NASPA’s AVP Steering Committee and as a founding faculty member of the AVP Institute,” Dr. Pina said “Very little literature existed that targeted the preparation and development needs of associate/assistant vice presidents.”

Dr. Pina co-authored a chapter on managing fiscal resources and authored another on developing work-life integration in addition to editing the remaining chapters.

Recognizing that AVP responsibilities vary widely based on institution type, the book offers a set of core competencies relevant to all AVP roles and structures. In addition, the book provides guidance for AVPs who have served in the role for a number of years. Worksheets and assessment tools are included to help readers in their professional journeys.

A resident of Rhode Island, Dr. Pina earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College. His master’s and educational specialist’s degrees are from the University of Northern Colorado and his doctoral degree from Johnson & Wales University.

He has been an active member of NASPA in regional and national capacities including Region 1 state director for Rhode Island as well as serving on the inaugural AVP Steering Committee, James F. Scott Academy Board, and the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies Task Force. His research interests include diversity and social justice, presidential leadership and leadership development.

AVP is scheduled for release in January and is available for preorder at

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