A University of Wisconsin-Stout administrator recently was honored by a national professional organization.
Darrin Witucki, director of University Centers at UW-Stout, has been designated as a Certified Auxiliary Service Professional by the National Association of College Auxiliary Services.
NACAS is the world's largest auxiliary services support organization. It serves higher education and supporting student service professionals at four-year and two-year colleges and universities around the globe.
The four-year certification is awarded to individuals with knowledge in management, leadership, marketing, student development and operations.
"I'm proud of Darrin for this certification and achievement. The process requires extensive preparation, and it reflects his commitment to students and the profession," said Scott Griesbach, executive director of Student Life Services at UW-Stout.
"Pursuing high professional standards is critical to ensure we're meeting the needs of students and the greater college community. This certification reinforces that pursuit," Griesbach said.
Witucki, of Menomonie, has worked at UW-Stout since 2000. He was named University Centers director in May 2011. He oversees the Memorial Student Center, Merle M. Price Commons, which houses a student dining hall, and other facilities and offices on campus.
He helped plan and manage the student center's $19 million yearlong renovation project in 2011.
"I think the CASP certification is unique because it is the only one I know of that covers the array of areas that is college auxiliary services," said Witucki, who heard about the certification from colleagues in the field. "To me, the CASP certification seemed to be a substantial professional development goal to pursue."
Witucki said the certification process provided "a satisfying reminder that no matter what topic area I was studying, the core goal of that area was to help students succeed and develop.Stewardship, student development and student success are found throughout every layer of this multifaceted field. It renewed my pride in our profession."
Ron Campbell, CEO of NACAS, said in a news release that recipients of the award "meet an advanced standard of expertise and are amongst the best and brightest of our industry."