Title: Vice President, Dean of Student Affairs
Company: Illinois State University
Location: Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
Neal Richard Gamsky, Ph.D., Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Illinois State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in school administration and psychology.
Growing up during the Great Depression proved to be an incredibly formative time for Dr. Gamsky, who learned at an early age how to become self-sufficient. In addition, he learned the value of hard work and endeavored to help others in his career attain their own success. He got to do just that in his line of work and recalls that his work in education was largely focused on helping students rather than being in administration. One of his proudest moments came at the time of his retirement, when a local paper reported it as “The Voice of the Students Finally Retired.” Starting in 1974, Dr. Gamsky served as the vice president and dean of Student Affairs at Illinois State University. He had previously worked at the institution in a variety of roles, including coordinator of advising and counseling services and director of the Student Counseling Center.
In addition to these roles, Dr. Gamsky was able to help students through his work as an educator. He was a professor of psychology at the university and providing counseling and consulting services for the Wisconsin Division of Mental Hygiene. Furthermore, he was a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To prepare for a career in psychology and academic administration, he first earned a Bachelor of Science in sociology at the University of Wisconsin in 1954. He first considered a career in law, and spent two years in this field of study at the university before he decided that a career in psychology would allow him to help more people. In 1959, he earned a Master of Science in guidance from the institution and continued to receive a PhD in counseling psychology in 1965.
Dr. Gamsky’s work has been recognized on numerous occasions. In his career, he has received such accolades as the Quality of Student Life Award from Illinois State University. Throughout his career, he maintained professional affiliation with the American Psychological Association, the American Personnel and Guidance Association (now the American Counseling Association), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American Association for Higher Education, the American College Personnel Association and the Illinois Association for Counseling and Development among many other organizations. The nature of his work has also resulted in a number of publications. He has published such works as “Differences in Commitment to Developmental Programs in the Public University” to the NASPA Journal, “An Effective Team Approach to Pupil Services” for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and “Counselor Responses in Relation to the Focus of Client Hostility” in the Journal of Counseling Psychology. Furthermore, Dr. Gamsky served in the United States Army and was a director of the legal section in Munich with the Army from 1954 to 1956.
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