University Centers director receives national certification
February 4, 2014
A University of
Wisconsin-Stout administrator recently was honored by a national professional
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,"
Witucki, of Menomonie, has worked at UW-Stout since 2000. He was
named University Centers director in May 2011. He oversees the Memorial Student
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
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."