Students, families, alumni, faculty and staff at the University of Mary Washington have long recognized President Troy D. Paino’s commitment to their work, well-being and success. Now his dedication on campus has earned national acclaim, with NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education selecting Paino to receive the 2023 President’s Award.

“He is, above all, a student-centered leader,” UMW Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair said in the nominating letter. She emphasized Paino’s compassionate approach to strategic planning and decision-making, his personal attention to student ideas and feedback, and his commitment to understanding diverse perspectives – viewpoints he intentionally seeks during regular dinners with students at his residence, Brompton.

Gabby Taroc ’26 attended one of those dinners and described President Paino as welcoming: “It was a great time! He was so interested in each of the students’ stories and what we want in life. It was wonderful meeting him and his wife!” Read more.