Huntsville, Ala. —- Alabama A&M University’s vice president for student affairs was recently honored with the Benjamin L. Perry Professional Award by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) during the 65th Annual NASAP Conference in Atlanta, Ga.
Dr. Gary B. Crosby was presented the award on Saturday, February 23, for his “solid leadership mantra, untiring commitment to excellence, and inspiration to Student Affairs’ Professionals.” The coveted award is named in honor of Dr. Benjamin L. Perry, former president of Florida A&M University.
The Hattiesburg, Miss., native earned his B.A. degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. He went on to receive the M.S. degree in political science and the Ph.D. degree in urban and regional planning from Jackson State University.
Since arriving at AAMU in 2015, Crosby has led the Office of Student Affairs “in reimagining co-curricular opportunities, advancing a comprehensive approach to student engagement and development, increasing enrollment, enhancing campus safety, and implementing robust and collaborative retention initiatives, to name a few.”
In his acceptance remarks, Dr. Crosby thanked his wife and daughter for their support, as well as AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., members of the Board of Trustees, colleagues, the Student Government Association, his outstanding team, faculty and staff, alumni, University supporters, and most importantly the students of AAMU for affording him the distinct honor and high privilege of serving as their vice president for student affairs.