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A Message From Jim Wims

Jim Wims has enjoyed a career in higher education that spans over 40 years, working for three different institutions. He began his higher education journey at Kent State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. He later joined the professional staff at Kent State where he served in several leadership roles, including Area Coordinator, Assistant Director for Student Development, Director for Student and Staff Development, and Coordinator of the University Judicial System. After 15 years at Kent State, Jim transitioned to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he directed both the University Judicial System and the Residence Life program. He also served as second in charge of the division of student affairs. In 1996 Jim was recruited by the University of Kentucky to serve as the Director of Residence Life. He was later promoted to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. From there he continued to be recognized for his strong leadership skills, serving in a variety of key leadership roles including Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. As Associate Vice President, Jim had broad oversight for Dining Services, Residence Life, Campus Recreation, and the University Student Center. He was later promoted to Senior Assistant Provost for Student and Academic Life.



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Founded in 1994 during the presidency of Charles Schroeder, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is “to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education” (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation). The organization is now known as the ACPA Foundation to more concisely communicate its role as the fundraising arm of ACPA College Student Educators International.

The Mission - The ACPA Foundation exists to support the priorities and activities of ACPA by raising funds and developing resources that help the Association fulfill its mission. 

The Vision - The ACPA Foundation will develop sufficient assets to effectively and sustainably fund ACPA’s efforts to provide excellent professional development opportunities to members, advance knowledge in the field, and support the transformative effect of education in the lives of college students.

In order to fulfill its purpose and mission, the Foundation invites members and non-members alike to provide philanthropic support for ACPA's vital initiatives involving research, scholarship, professional development and leadership program.