Don Creamer served Virginia Tech
for 28 years in a variety of capacities. For more than 20 years, he has been the driving force behind the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program. On July 15, 2005, Don celebrated his retirement.

To honor his work and distinguished career, his colleagues, students, and family have established the Don G. Creamer Fund, an endowment to be used to support the program he created and, in particular, research on the CAS Standards and the advancement of professionalism by students and faculty members in the Higher Education (HED) Program at Virginia Tech.

An Endowment to Support the Higher Education Program
at Virginia Tech and the
Research Activities of Its Graduate Students


2011 Research Awards Announced

It is with great pleasure that we announce this year's winners of the 2011 Don G. Creamer Research Awards. Please congratulate Tara Frank for her project titled, Why Do They Leave? Departure from the Student Affairs Profession and Jonathan Manz for his project titled, Measuring the Effectiveness of a Residential College.

Each year students in the Higher Education Program submit their research proposals for competitive blind review to a selection committee. Dr. Diana Ridgwell (chair), Director of Student Development College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech; Dr. Bethany Flora, Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University; and Dr. Don Creamer, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech served on this year's committee. Contributors to the Don G. Creamer Fund for Excellence make these research grants possible. Congratulations to this year's recipients and thanks so much to our Selection Committee members.

The most recent od the semi-annual Foundation Newsletter can be found here.

For additional information contact Dr. Joan B. Hirt ( or Dr. Steve Janosik ( at 308 East Eggleston Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061.
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