Berry named Certified Auxiliary Services Professional
Kim Berry, Chief Operating Officer at Penn State Berks, was recently awarded the credential of Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) by the Certification Commission of the National Association of Auxiliary College Services (NACAS). The CASP is the highest professional credential in auxiliary services and follows the international American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation standards. Fewer than one percent of all auxiliary service professionals have achieved this mark of excellence.
Berry was serving as chair of the NACAS Professional Development Committee when the need to create a certification program was recognized during a leadership retreat. He was appointed to a task force, which took three years to complete program development. The task force worked with a psychometrician to develop the CASP examination questions and to devise the certification examination.
The CASP examination covered the following content areas: management; leadership; marketing, communications, and business relations; student services; and the operational areas of food services, bookstores, card services, and commercial/retail, physical facilities.
“For over a decade, I’ve known Kim Berry as a professional who brings a practical scholarship to the administration of higher education, and he shares that knowledge with his colleagues,” states Dr. Bob Hassmiller, Chief Executive Officer of NACAS. “It should come as no surprise that after identifying administrative standards, and implementing an internationally recognized process for measuring them, that he was among the first to see if he measures up. NACAS is honored to recognize Kim Berry in our Certified Auxiliary Service Professional (CASP) group.”
Berry is now a member of the Certification Commission and will help to manage the CASP examination process in the future. For more information, visit the NACAS web site: www.nacas.org.