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Chapter Advisor of the Year Award

The Chapter Advisor of the Year Award is presented to an individual who sets a high standard and provides exemplary service to the organization and its leadership team.

To be considered for this award, you should:

  • Chapter Advisor has been in place with the organization for at least six months
  • Actively provides support and guidance to a student organization
  • Sets high standards and provides exemplary service to the organization and its leadership team
  • Actively engages in the organization and fosters relationships with the organization leaders and the Office of Student Affairs

The submission deadline is now closed. Please stay tuned in Fall 2022 for additional information.

  • The University Awards Committee reviews submissions
  • Top candidates are submitted to the Assistant Provost, Student Services Administration for final review and approval
  • The award may, but will not necessarily, be awarded annually
  • Award recipients will be honored during Commencement weekend, and should we have an in-person celebration, one night accommodations and individual travel expenses to attend Commencement will be paid for by the University
  • Award recipients receive a crystal trophy
  • Award recipients are not required to attend Commencement to accept the award

Chapter Advisor of the Year Recipient

Cecelia DeSilva Selbrede

Cecilia DeSilva Selbrede was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology with Honors from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1987 and her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University – School of Law, Camden, New Jersey in 1990. She is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Washington State, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Cecilia has been at APU/AMU since 2008, teaching in Legal Studies. She has been a co-advisor for Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), an international law fraternity with James Barney (primary advisor), for the last two and a half years. She was awarded The Dr. Charles J. Fleener Outstanding Pre-Law Advisor Award for the 2019-2020 school year by PAD. Recently, she became a co-advisor for the Military Spouses Club with Kerry Erisman (primary advisor). These clubs provide her the opportunity to work with students on a different plane. The reward is becoming familiar with their strengths and encouraging students to pursue their academic goals and dreams. She enjoys litigation and has worked in several fields due to geographical moves necessitated by her husband’s military duties. She was a prosecuting attorney, practiced insurance defense, represented indigent parents in child custody cases, and had the privilege of working/volunteering with Navy Judge Advocate General officers in the criminal defense section at Pearl Harbor. As the wife of a Submarine Officer in the US Navy, Cecilia has had the honor to meet and work with high-caliber service members and their families. Cecilia and her husband currently live in Maryland. Their children (21-year-old triplets) are finishing their Junior year of College at the University of Chicago, Rice University (Houston, Texas), and Bates College in Maine.


The submission deadline is now closed. Please stay tuned in Fall 2022 for additional information and contact the University Awards Committee if you have questions.