The Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) honored Ohio Christian University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Joe Wuest, M.A., with the 2018 Ruth Bamford Award. Dr. Edee Schulze, ACSD’s president, explains the award’s significance:
“The Ruth Bamford award is presented annually to individuals who have served in the field of student development less than 15 years, who have provided outstanding leadership and service to ACSD and their home institution, as well as contributed significantly to the field of student affairs. Especially important is demonstrated ability to integrate faith and learning in their professional lives and practice.
“Joe is known for possessing a deeply-committed heart both for the Lord and for Christian higher education. He invests into his institution and has been heard on several occasions to articulate his desire for his colleagues and students to grow deeper in their relationships with Christ, as he actively cultivates his own spiritual growth."
Reflecting on this recognition, Dean Wuest shares how rewarding his participation in ACSD has been:
“I am blessed to have a Student Development team who is passionate about challenging and supporting our students well. I am honored by this recognition, but many mentors in the field, my staff, and my family played a big part in this achievement, and I am incredibly thankful. I will continue to keep fixed on Christ and ‘pivot’ as needed, knowing the students we serve are changing. Student Development needs to balance being malleable with the truth of the Gospel."
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