Small school. Large school. Public institution. Private. HBCU. Canadian institution. Or any geographical corner of the United States. Whether your department reports to athletics, student affairs, or another division of the university or college, your campus recreation program is sure to benefit by securing one of the 60 spots available for the 2018 NIRSA Directors Institute, presented by PLAE—June 25-27 in Tucson, Arizona.

Facilitated discussion topics will include:

  • Career advancement to AVP/VP
  • Higher education needs of campus recreation directors
  • Enrollment trends
  • Integrated health and wellbeing strategies
  • Using data to tell your department’s story

Not only will there be facilitated discussion and team building exercises, but there will also be multiple opportunities to break into smaller groups to further discuss topics as they relate to institutional demographics.

There will also be a VP panel dialogue focused on the shifting value proposition of campus recreation, student success, and other topics.

Distinguished presenters

Confirmed presenters at this inaugural event include:

  • Dr Patricia Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs at Virginia Tech
  • R. Kevin Marbury, Vice President for Student Life at the University of Oregon
  • Chris Wise, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Virginia Tech
  • Todd Misener, Chief Wellness Officer, Oklahoma State University

In addition to presentations and facilitated discussions, attendees will be exposed to informal networking opportunities over each morning’s breakfast, during Monday evening’s welcome reception, Tuesday evening’s social and dinner, and during lunch or breaks.

An overview schedule and presenter bios will be posted on the NIRSA website in mid-April and you can already learn more there about the content team.

Attendee eligibility

Eligible attendees are typically recognized as the leader/chief administrator of their school’s department of campus recreation—the individual responsible for a comprehensive portfolio of programs, personnel, and facilities—and ultimately accountable for all things that occur under the campus recreation umbrella.

Early bird registration discounts will be available until April 26. Registration will be capped at 60 attendees, so register now to secure your spot.

Event sponsors

This event will benefit from the intentional involvement of forward-thinking sponsors, including PLAE, Woodway, Core Health & Fitness, Mondo, LPA, and RDG.


  • For more information, contact NIRSA Senior Director of Professional Development Mary Callender.