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Phyllis L. Mable Papers - MS 1181
The Phyllis L. Mable Papers were donated by the American College Personnel Association, as well as several individuals, soon after her death, on May 9, 2012. Susan R. Komives, a close personal friend, wrote a tribute which appeared in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 49(3), 2012, documenting her life and legacy. Excerpts from that article are highlighted below serving as a brief biographical sketch of Phyllis Mable’s life.
Phyllis Mable was born on February 13, 1934, in Delhi, New York. She earned a BS in Home Economics, Child Development, and Family Relationships at Cornell University, and her MS in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University in 1959. She started her education career teaching nursery school. She became a resident assistant in graduate school, continuing in the college residential life field for twenty years. In 1982, she became the Vice President of Student Affairs at Longwood University, a position she held until her retirement in 2001.
She served as president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) from 1979-1980 and was the second president (1989-2001) of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), an organization she helped establish in 1979 with Ted Miller. She became the first executive director of CAS from 2001 until her death in 2012.
Phyllis Mable was a published scholar, especially in the area of the educational role of college residence halls. She was honored by ACPA with the Annuit Coeptis Award (1981), the Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award (1983), and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2003). Most importantly, she left a legacy to many generations of students and friends who knew her as "Aunt Phyllis."
This small collection of papers, 1/2 linear ft, documenting Phyllis L. Mable’s life and career in student affairs and higher education was pulled together from documents sent by the American College Personnel Association, as well as several former students and friends, after her death. They reflect personal reminiscences by professional colleagues and former students about Phyllis Mable, as well as information on her memorial service. Also included in the collection is her resume, files reflecting ACPA awards presented to her, correspondence with Longwood University and Cornell University, contact lists, and photographs. These documents largely date from the 19880s to 2012.
This collection represents a limited view of her accomplishments. For more information about Phyllis Mable, please refer to the American College Personnel Association collection (MS-319) and the Council for the Advancement of Standards collection (MS-974), both held in the National Student Affairs Archives.
- Memorials, obituary, biographical information, 2012
- Resume and vita, , 2006
- Published articles and reviews, 1980-1983, 1991, n.d.
- Biography paper by Shirley Armenteros, University of Connecticut, 
- Who’s Who distinctions, 2004-2007
- ACPA-presentation, naming of New Professionals Institute, Retirement resolution, CAS award, honors, 2001-2012
- CAS correspondence, 2004
- NASPA-Pillars of the Profession award, 2011
- Longwood University-correspondence, directory, alumni award, 2001-2012
- Cornell University-President’s Council of Cornell Women, 2007, 2010
- Richard Herdlein-book and correspondence, 2003, 2005
- Contact lists, 2001
- Correspondence regarding Cynthia Johnson, 2009, 2011
- Christmas letter, [2010?]
- Photographs, 2010, n.d.
- CAS paperweight, 1999
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