Lori Lynn Stettler is the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). She serves as the senior Student Affairs Officer responsible for providing leadership to a comprehensive division including Recreational Sports and Services, Dean of Students, Student Health Services, Wellness and Health Promotion, Counseling and Psychological Services, Veterans Services, Non-traditional Student Services, Saluki Cares, Student Ombudsperson, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Students Legal Services, Multi-Cultural Student Resource Centers—including the Hispanic Latino Center—Women’s Resource Center, LGBTQ Resource Center, Black Resource Center, University Housing, Student Center, Upward Bound, Achieve, Career Services, First Scholars, Disabled Student Services, Learning Support Services, New Student Programs, Service Learning and Volunteerism, Student Support Services, Rainbow’s End Child Development Center, Mass Transit, ID Services, Campus Dining, Vending Services and Pouring Rights Contract, University Bookstore, Student Programming Council, University Programming Office, Campus Sustainability, and Touch of Nature Environmental Center.
Before becoming the Vice Chancellor, she served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary Services and Student Center Director at SIUC. Prior to that Lori served as the Director Recreational Sports at Southeast Missouri State University before being promoted to the Director of Campus Life. She served as the Associate Director of Recreational Sports at Purdue University, Assistant DIrector of Campus Recreation at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and the Special Programs Coordinator at Wichita State University. She holds an undergraduate degree in Recreation Administration from Southeast Missouri State University, a Masters of Science in Education from SIUC, and is on track to complete her PhD in May 2018.
As a recreation professional who has served on four different and distinct campuses, Lori has had the opportunity to be involved in several major building projects, capital campaigns, and the implementation of strategic plans. As her roles and responsibilities have expanded, so have her opportunities to be engaged in key projects, task forces, and boards. She continues to mentor current and former students both inside the field and within higher education. As a professional who identifies as a servant leader she understands the difference a leader can make when they lead with awareness, foresight, and a commitment to unlock the purpose and ingenuity of their peers and employees.
As someone who will always be a campus recreation professional at heart, Lori has been a NIRSA member for 31 years. She began her service to the Association as the National Student Representative, served as the State Director in Illinois and Missouri, Region III Vice President, and has remained active on many committees and task forces over the years. She has served on host committees for national, regional, and state level workshops and conferences. She has been recognized as a Horace Moody Award winner as well as a leader on each of the campuses where she has worked. Lori is an avid reader who loves outdoor activities, travel, and working in higher education.
What role do you envision for collegiate recreation in higher education?
The role of collegiate recreation continues to evolve within higher education. As a profession I believe that we should be focused on how the wide variety of recreational experiences and opportunities influence the health and well being of our students. This includes the educational opportunities that exist through participation, employment, a sense of identity, and acceptance. In addition, I belieive that collegiate recreation serves as a student recruitement and retention tool on our campuses. As our collegiate demographics change, collegiate recreation must adapt to be both accepting and welcoming of all students regardless of ability or identity, while creating safe spaces where students can participate free from all forms of judgement.
In alignment with the NIRSA strategic plan, what are three priorities that you would identify and believe NIRSA should accomplish during your time on the board and why are these most important?
A. Increase NIRSA’s ability to provide proactive strategies to institutions facing disaster situations. I believe that NIRSA could be a leader in providing training opportunities through focused workshops and emergency management plans that could be adapted at the institutional level. With the large amount of space controlled by collegiate recreation departments on campus, developing a set of best practices could be very useful to our membership.
B. Develop executive leadership training for senior level staff who have transferrable competencies and are interested in advancing their career track within higher education.
C. Develop more visable and meaninful collaborative relationships with other higher education associations to advance the understanding of the role collegiate recreation plays in the recruitement and retention of students.
What attributes, experiences and knowledge could you contribute to the NIRSA Board of Directors that speak to the competency based requirements?
In order to provide leadership to the internal and external constituencies of an association, I possess the following skills to be an effective board member.
- I possess educational leadership skills that are necessary in order to analyze and interpret existing association policies as well as to participate in robust policy discussions.
- I possess management and supervisory skills that are essential in working with a membership driven organization.
- I possess the ability to articulate information and communicate effectively with our membership, vendors, partners and support staff.
- I possess the assessment skills to study the needs of our Association and our membership as well as assist in the decision making to secure human and fiscal resources as well as evaluate programs and services.
- I possess the skills, passion and desire to participate fully in the Association.