Chris Morris is currently in his third year at Florida State University where he serves as the Director of Campus Recreation. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama—where he double-majored in history and political science—and he attended graduate school at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where he received a master’s degree in sports management and served as a graduate assistant in intramural sports.
After graduate school, Chris was able to match his energy and excitement for student development with his first professional position; he served as the Assistant Director for Intramural & Club Sports at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio at a time when the entire department was in the midst of a shift to a more student-centered leadership model. Chris spent almost a decade at Ohio University, progressing to become the Director of Intramural & Club Sports and an associate director. His next professional chapter was a unique one since he was able to transition into the world of finance—but with a decidedly collegiate twist.
Chris was hired by American Home Bank—now Bank of America—as a vice president in the Business Innovation Group to lead a partnership between Collegiate Financial Services and NACDA—the NIRSA of collegiate athletics. This joint venture was designed to be an all-inclusive relocation program for coaches and administrators transitioning from one institution to another and included financial planning, retirement services, housing services, etc. Tired of the bottom-line driven approach of the finance world, it was during the Austin, Texas NIRSA Annual Conference that Chris decided to make the jump back to collegiate recreation. He was hired by North Carolina State University in 2008, where he served as the Director of Campus Recreation for three years prior to moving to the Sunshine State.
Throughout his career, Chris has been an active and engaged NIRSA member who has been honored with multiple Horace Moody and National Service Awards. He has served on numerous committees—including many NIRSA Conference Program and Pre-Conference Development committees—and chaired the Flag & Touch Football Rules Committee. His involvement with the Association began as an undergraduate student official and as an evaluator for officials at NIRSA regional and national events. This eventually led to his serving on the tournament administrative staff at dozens of extramural tournaments and events as well as to his hosting four state or regional conferences, four regional tournaments, and five national tournaments.
Chris is very passionate about student development and about intentionally-designing opportunities for all members of a university community to “find what moves them” in the wide variety of opportunities that we facilitate as collegiate recreation professionals.