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Cheryl Crouch named winner of the Robert F. Newton Award for Distinguished Service

Charlottesville, VA (January 10, 2017) – NACAS, the largest auxiliary and ancillary services support organization serving higher education, named Cheryl Crouch, executive director of marketing, auxiliary services and programs at Indiana University, winner of The Robert F. Newton Award for Distinguished Service at the 2016 NACAS Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN.

“To be considered for this award is a privilege and I am humbled and grateful to receive it,” Crouch said. “To be a part of this amazing organization and its membership is a reward in itself. I am lucky to be able to volunteer, work and learn from so many other talented colleagues.”

The Robert F. Newton Award for Distinguished Service is the most prestigious award recognizing an individual who has displayed extraordinary and outstanding service to NACAS and to the profession. Crouch has proven her dedication to auxiliary services through her tireless work to promote innovation and leadership, both within NACAS and on campus at Indiana University.

“I am driven by a desire to succeed and to try to do the best job I can. With each opportunity I’ve had at work and with NACAS, I’ve tried to go above and beyond what has been asked of me. This makes me challenge myself and my abilities. It makes me be more creative and helps me learn new things and opens the doors to new opportunities,” Crouch said.

Other award and scholarship winners include:

  • Susan Caples, CASP, University of Alabama: Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr. Legacy Award
  • Kenneth Toong, University of Massachusetts Amherst: David H. Lord Award for Exemplary Community Service
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Business Services: Edwin R. Golden Award for Inclusive Excellence
  • Chef Eric D. Ernest, CEC, CCA, University of Southern California: Innovative Achievement in Auxiliary Services
  • Buzz.Report: Outstanding Business Partner of the Year
  • Andrea Zelinko, University of Colorado Boulder: Volunteer of the Year
  • Dr. James Earle, University of Pittsburgh: Communication Services Award
  • David Courter, American University (Retired): Silver Torch Award
  • Gheretta R. Harris, CASP, Ferris State University: Central – Regional Mentor Award
  • Hollie Lutz, Indiana University: Central – Regional Rising Star Scholarship, sponsored by The Spelman & Johnson Group
  • Maria Hoagland, United States Military Academy: East – Regional Mentor Award
  • Jerry Clemmer, CASP, University of Richmond: East – Regional Rising Star Scholarship, sponsored by The Spelman & Johnson Group
  • Douglas Ross, University of Georgia: South – Regional Mentor Award
  • Kerri Demeri, Florida SouthWestern State College: South – Regional Rising Star Scholarship, sponsored by The Spelman & Johnson Group
  • James Nasipak, In Transition: West – Regional Mentor Award
  • Julie Crea, Lewis-Clark State College: West – Regional Rising Star Scholarship, sponsored by The Spelman & Johnson Group

NACAS (National Association of College Auxiliary Services), headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., is a nonprofit higher education association serving auxiliary services, student support services, and ancillary services professionals at 4-year and 2-year colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and Asia. NACAS provides extensive opportunities for members to share ideas, develop business solutions, enhance programs and revenues, and develop meaningful professional relationships. For more information visit: