Greg Durham, RCRSP has served the Director of Recreation and Wellness since 2019. Prior to assuming the role of director, Greg served as Assistant Director of Sport Programs at Creighton. As director, Greg provides leadership and supervision to a comprehensive university recreation program that includes multiple facilities and a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of the Creighton University community including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Prior to Creighton, Greg served as Graduate Assistant for Recreational Sports at the University of Wyoming in the beautiful Laramie, Wyoming.
In addition to his leadership in campus recreation at Creighton, he also serves on many university committees. He is currently Chair of the Student Life Wellness Task Force. Greg also has experience facilitating student conduct meetings and also sits on the Title IX Hearing Board where he assists in the adjudication of potential Title IX violations.
Greg has been a NIRSA member since 2009 and has served the Association in several ways. Most recently, Greg served as the first-ever Chair of the NIRSA Championship Series Esports Task Force. Greg served as Director of Competition for the National Basketball Tournament and has served in various regional capacities. Additionally, Greg has served on the NIRSA Government Affairs Committee, Foundation Scholarship Committee, and has participated in the NIRSA Mentorship Program as a mentor and mentee since 2013. Greg is a member of the Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals and is a graduate of the School of Recreation Sport Management (2019).
Greg lives in Omaha, Nebraska. In his free time he enjoys video games, Zoom bingo, and browsing Twitter. Greg officiates women’s college basketball and loves attending sporting events where he cheers exclusively for the officials.
What do you see as opportunities in collegiate recreation and our Association? How would you collaborate with the Member Network team to address these issues?
Our Association has an opportunity to consider life “after” COVID-19. While there is much uncertainty I believe that it’s important for us to come together as a profession to shape our new normal. Through collaborative partnerships it is my intention to continue the good work that has been done by this leadership team. A major goal of mine would be to partner with the necessary stakeholders to ensure that the history, mission, vision, and value proposition of NIRSA is communicated clearly and effectively to all members of our region. I feel as though much of our history has been lost throughout the years, and I want to work to correct that with the help of the Membership Network. The last opportunity I would like to communicate is increasing networking opportunities for our membership. So many great opportunities have been created by our members and working with those innovators to increase the visibility and accessibility of opportunities is something I think we should be working to do.
In describing your contributions to NIRSA, identify how your involvement and experiences meet the position criteria and qualify you to serve NIRSA in this role.
NIRSA has provided me professional and personal development opportunities that helped shape and define my life. It would not be an understatement to say that I would not be in the position I am without the opportunities made available by NIRSA. Giving back to NIRSA is part of who I am, and this opportunity is one I am excited for. I have had opportunities to sit on host committees, NIRSA Championship Series committees, and other committees as well. I think the depth and breadth of my current volunteer experience makes me an ideal candidate because I understand the mission, vision, and direction these groups are going in. Whether it is helping to promote Series 2.0, share legislation from the Government Affairs Committee, or promote the NIRSA mentorship program, my experience in these and other opportunities will help me advocate for what’s important. Having built those connections, I want to make sure that their interests, as well as the interests of the Region V general membership, are always at the front of my work as the Region V leader.
Please share your ideas for engaging volunteers and identifying leaders in your region.
As Region V leader, it will be my goal to regularly highlight, connect, and engage students and professionals in our region. Region V is one of the largest in terms of land mass, with one of the fewest school/member counts. Having worked on both edges of this region, I see it as my role to help build those connections and bridges. Knowing that it will be hard to meet in person for the foreseeable future, I look to leverage existing technology and our talented membership to ensure that we are staying connected. I am a big believer in the “invitation.” I want to create inviting opportunities and spaces that lead to our membership feeling empowered to volunteer, lead, and connect with us at the state, local, and national level.