NIRSA will hold elections this winter for President Elect and At-Large Director on the Board of Directors as well as for the following Member Network positions: NIRSA Student Leader, regional student leaders in all regions, and regional representatives for Regions I, III, V, and Canada.

“Serving in the various leadership experiences of NIRSA was both challenging and rewarding,” says Stan Shingles, Assistant Vice President at Central Michigan University and NIRSA Past President. “We serve in these roles to improve and enhance our profession, build authentic and meaningful relationships and partnerships, and to lead the Association in its future direction.”

Jessica Adkisson, Assistant Director of Facilities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, adds, “My experience serving on the Member Network as a regional student leader is difficult to express into just a couple of sentences. The opportunity to meet students through attending several state workshops and conferences to bring back feedback on how to engage them more with the Association was so rewarding. The lasting relationships you build with all types, students through retiree members, is irreplaceable time to learn and grow personally and professionally. It allowed me to serve an association that transformed me into a confident young professional similar to so many of the success stories we all know and love.”

“The opportunity allowed me to serve an association that transformed me into a confident young professional.”

NIRSA’s dedicated and outstanding members are the driving force of the organization—and so the NIRSA Nominations & Appointments Committee wants your help to fill these important and influential positions with talented, thoughtful, and dedicated leaders who will help us drive our Association forward.

Application Process

NIRSA Past President and Executive Director of Campus Life Services at the University of Maryland Baltimore, Bill Crockett says, “I truly believe this leadership opportunity returns as much or more to those who have the honor of serving in it.” If you’re interested in one of the available NIRSA Board of Director positions, please apply by submitting an Initial Interest Form and a résumé to Board of Directors Initial Applications and résumés are due by Thursday, October 4.

“I truly believe this leadership opportunity returns as much or more to those who have the honor of serving in it.”

Interested members for the NIRSA Student Leader and Regional Representatives for Region I, III, V, and Canada should submit a letter of application and a résumé for their initial application to by Thursday, October 4. The detailed recruitment and application process can be found on the NIRSA Member Network webpage. “I couldn’t say enough positive things about my experiences and would highly encourage anyone even considering this involvement to go for it,” says Jessica Gentry, Associate Director – Programs, University of Illinois At Urbana- Champaign.

“I couldn’t say enough positive things about my experiences.”

Regional Student Leader positions for all regions have a later deadline of Thursday, November 8. Students interested in those positions should submit a letter of application, résumé, and a full application to by the November 8 deadline. “The most rewarding part,” says David Parker, Associate Director at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, “is working alongside and learning from all the student leaders and it’s an experience that I will never forget!”

“It’s an experience that I will never forget!.”

Encourage emerging leaders in your region to apply

If you know a NIRSA member who would be an excellent fit for one of these roles, please consider making a recommendation by sending an email to any member of the NIRSA Nominations & Appointments Committee with the member’s name and institution. The committee will contact recommended candidates to assess their interest and discuss the application process.

Visit the Voting & Elections page on the NIRSA website to learn more about volunteer recruitment and elections!

  • For more information, please contact NIRSA Senior Director of Operators Mary Callender.