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A Message From Jana Lynn Patterson

Dr. Jana Lynn Patterson arrived at Elon in 1986 as Assistant Dean of Students. Since that time, she has supervised every department within the Division of Student Life, also serving as chief student affairs officer on an interim basis. She was named Associate Vice President in 2013 and when Dean of Students was added to her title in 2018, she became the first female leader at Elon to hold the title “dean of students” in the 50 years since the former “dean of women” and “dean of men” positions were merged. In her current role, Jana Lynn provides leadership to university departments that contribute to student health, welfare, and wellbeing, the university’s emergency administrative response system and the university emergency management team. Known affectionately by many students and alumni as “Dean P,” she was a long-serving advisor to the Student Government Association (SGA), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Kappa sorority. Jana Lynn was awarded the Administrative Staff Member of the Year in 2001- 2002 and the Ward Family Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2013. Her passions in life include husband John and son Greg, cats Gus and Madolyn, and serving as an advocate for human and civil rights.
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In Support of ACPA Foundation

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.