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National Organization Honors Dawn Watkins

Dawn A. Watkins, who stepped down in May as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Washington and Lee, was honored last month with the Order of Fraternal Excellence Award from the Fraternity Executives Association, Inc., the professional association of men’s and women’s fraternity executives.

Dawn is only the 15th recipient of this honor since it was created in 1984. The award goes to “a college or university administrator who has attained a level of professional accomplishment, relating to the college fraternity, which is of such excellence as to merit signal recognition by the Association.”

In announcing the award, the FEA noted that over the 10 years Dawn spent working with W&L’s fraternities and sororities, “she developed productive relationships, garnered genuine trust and support, and was a deliberate advocate for those students and their organizations. She is respected by colleagues in the executive’s chairs from the many fraternities and sororities and remains one of the most ardent supporters of the fraternity and sorority movement.”

Dawn served for a decade in student affairs at W&L and is now on a one-year professional sabbatical.