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NIRSA Board of Directors 2021-2022

Cara Lucia
President (2019-2022)

Cara Lucia, Ph.D
Elon University
 

Mila Padgett
President Designee (2020-2023)

Mila Padgett
University of South Carolina-Aiken
 

Wendy Windsor
President Elect (2021-2024)

Wendy Windsor, EdD, CRSS
Tulane University
 

Victoria Lopez-Herrera
At Large Director (2021-2024)

Victoria Lopez-Herrera
University of Texas – San Antonio
 

Derek Hottell
At Large Director (2019-2022)

Derek Hottell, Ph.D
University of Louisville
 

Nigel Harris
At Large Director (2020-2023)

Nigel Harris
Kennesaw State University
 

Marc Falkenstein
Annual Director (2021-2022)

Marc Falkenstein
University of the Pacific
 

Marcus Jackson
Annual Director (2021-2022)

Marcus Jackson
Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
 

Pam Watts
Secretary (non-voting)

Pam Watts
NIRSA Executive Director
  

NIRSA Board Member Connect

NIRSA Members can schedule a meeting with a NIRSA Board Member over Zoom. Schedule a day and time to ask a question, learn more about their career, discover new opportunities, or simply make a connection. Get started by clicking a link to review their calendar and schedule a meeting today!

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About the NIRSA Board of Directors

As NIRSA continues to embody our leaders in collegiate recreation moniker, the association’s Board of Directors is fully committed to providing the visionary and practical guidance needed to achieve our higher goals. While this includes developing strategic initiatives for the future of our organization, the Board also holds fiduciary and legal responsibilities, establishes policies, guides the Executive Director, and serves as sole shareholder of NIRSA Services Corporation.

The Board is currently working to ensure the successful progression of our strategic plan. This includes developing efforts and initiatives inspired by our strategic values — Health & Wellbeing; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Leadership; Service; Global Perspective; and Sustainable Communities — and assembling special committees to activate these values on NIRSA Member Institute campuses.

Professional and student members are encouraged to join in the conversation as the Board continues to guide our organization in how — and why — NIRSA can best build healthy campuses and communities.

The NIRSA Board of Directors comprises three officers in the Presidential Track (President, President Designee, and President Elect), three At-Large Directors, and a Board-elected Annual Director.

Nomination, Application and Election Process

Members interested in serving in a leadership position on the Board are encouraged to review the position descriptions for Presidential Track, At-Large Director, and Annual Director.

How to Get Involved

The Nominations & Appointments Committee recruits nominees, reviews applications and supporting materials, and determines the slate of candidates for the At-Large Director and Presidential Track positions on the NIRSA Board of Directors.

Candidates interested in serving in a Board position, are asked to submit an initial application, consisting of a resume and a completed initial interest form. The deadline has been extend to October 13, 2021 at 12pm PT. Our decision to extend the deadline is not based on the quality of the applications that have already been received, rather it will allow us to increase the size and diversity of our applicant pool and ensure that we have a robust candidate pool to choose from. The committee will then invite finalists to submit the full Board of Directors application package, which will be due on November 1, 2021

The final slate of candidates will be approved by the current NIRSA Board and announced in mid-December. Electronic elections will occur January 19-31, 2022 with results announced in early February.

Questions?

If you have questions about the position description or election process, please feel free to contact any member of the Nominations & Appointments Committee.

If you have questions about the application and supporting materials, please contact Sarah Leskovec at NIRSA Headquarters.

NIRSA Board of Directors 2020-2021

David Davenport
President (2018-2021)

David Davenport
Austin Peay State University

Cara Lucia
President Designee (2019-2022)

Cara Lucia, Ph.D
Elon University

Mila Padgett
President Elect (2020-2023)

Mila Padgett
University of South Carolina-Aiken

Jocelyn Hill
At Large Director (2018-2021)

Jocelyn Hill
American University

Derek Hottell
At Large Director (2019-2022)

Derek Hottell, Ph.D
Virginia Commonwealth University

Nigel Harris
At Large Director (2020-2023)

Nigel Harris
Kennesaw State University

Andrea Snead
Annual Director (2020-2021)

Andrea Snead
University of Central Florida

Brian Smith
Annual Director (2020-2021)

Brian Smith
UCLA

Pam Watts
Secretary (non-voting)

Pam Watts
NIRSA Executive Director

NIRSA Board Member Connect

NIRSA Members can schedule a meeting with a NIRSA Board Member over Zoom. Schedule a day and time to ask a question, learn more about their career, discover new opportunities, or simply make a connection. Get started by clicking a link to review their calendar and schedule a meeting today!

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