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APSU Dean of Students Gregory Singleton wins Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition announced this year’s recipients of the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award.

Austin Peay State University's Gregory R. Singleton receives the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award. (APSU)
Austin Peay State University’s Gregory R. Singleton receives the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award. (APSU)

The center named Austin Peay State University’s Gregory R. Singleton, associate vice president for APSU Student Affairs and dean of students, as one of the 10 award recipients.

For more than 30 years, the award has honored college faculty, administrators, staff and students for their outstanding work on behalf of first-year students and for the impact their efforts have on the students and culture of their institutions. 

Ten award recipients were chosen from 93 nominations. This year’s recipients were formally recognized at the 39th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience held February 21st-24th, 2020, in Washington, D.C. 

They are:

  • Amy Baldwin, University of Central Arkansas.
  • DeOnte Brown, Clemson University.
  • Carol Dochen, Texas State University.
  • Julie McLaughlin, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College.
  • Katherine Powell, Berry College.
  • Rebecca Royal, Union County College.
  • Gregory Singleton, Austin Peay State University.
  • Heather Thrush, Wabash College.
  • Mary Ellen Wade, Loyola University Maryland.
  • Annette Walstad, Carroll College.

“This rich tradition of this award includes more than three decades of recognizing the outstanding work that takes place making immeasurable impact on the lives of first-year students,” said Jennifer Keup, executive director of the National Resource Center. “It’s an absolute honor to add ten names to the esteemed ones who have previously received this honor.”

To learn more about Singleton, go to www.apsu.edu/student-affairs/student-affairs-office-staff.php

For more information about the about the award, the award recipients, or the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, please contact Lauren Writer, Assistant Director for Conferences and Continuing Education at

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