Meet our 2018 Opening Session Speaker: Marsha A. Guenzler-Stevens
Marsha A. Guenzler-Stevens, Ph.D., has dedicated her professional career to higher education in many different areas, from admissions and residential life to campus activities and Greek life. She serves as the director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), ensuring that every student’s time at college is enriched by the many activities, clubs, and organizations the campus has to offer.
Guenzler-Stevens has served on a variety of campus committees, including the university’s veterans services steering committee; actively worked toward the betterment of the institution; and spearheaded efforts to secure a U.S. Department of Education grant to help UMD become a center for excellence for military veterans. She has been recognized as an outstanding associate staff member at UMD and lauded for her work in advancing the diversity initiative on campus. The accolades don’t end there: In 2004 she received the staff award for extraordinary public service to the university and greater community from the University System of Maryland’s board of regents, and in 2007 she received the William L. Thomas, Jr. Mentoring Award for her work in mentoring graduate students at UMD.
When she isn’t mentoring students, Guenzler-Stevens teaches UMD’s ever-popular freshman course “The Student and the University” as well as an upper-level course on women’s leadership. As an adjunct faculty member in the student affairs graduate program in UMD’s college of education, she teaches graduate courses and advises master’s students on their theses.
NCCWSL honored Guenzler-Stevens as a Woman of Distinction in 2011. Her powerful stories will continue to encourage budding leaders to step out of their comfort zones, raise their voices, and use the skills they learn at NCCWSL to lead a life of impact.