Keynote & Invited Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

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Clint Smith

Opening General Session Keynote Speaker

Clint is a teacher, poet, and doctoral candidate in education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. He serves as a resident teaching artist in Boston Public Schools and as a writing instructor at Bay State Correctional Center in Norfolk, MA.

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Dennis Snow

Closing General Session Keynote Speaker

Dennis Snow will inspire attendees to aspire to excellence as he closes the 2016 Annual Conference. He developed his passion for service excellence through 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company. Today, he shares that experience by speaking and consulting worldwide.

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Invited Speakers

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Paul Wesselmann, MA

The Ripples Guy

Over the past two decades, Paul Wesselmann – The Ripples Guy, has visited hundreds of campuses and organizations around North America, encouraging students and staff to bring their FULL and BEST selves to school, work, and life. Paul earned a BA in psychology from McKendree University and an MA in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University.

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Fabian J. De Rozario

Expert Trainer and Leadership Consultant

Fabian J. De Rozario was a NIRSA member from 1984–1999 and served as faculty/board member of NIRSA’s School of Collegiate Recreational in 1998 and 1999. Fabian is currently a speaker, consultant, and facilitator of talent development programs, delivering more than 100 programs and seminars each year at Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and around the world.

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Ed Cabellon, Ed.D.

Bridgewater State Univesrsity

Ed Cabellon is senior administrator in higher education with almost twenty years of progressive experience in various student affairs areas. He is a nationally-respected leader in digital technology and communication integration, education, and assessment.

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Dr. Susan R. Komives

Researcher, author, and professor

Susan R. Komives is Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland. She has served as vice president of two colleges and is a past president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Susan is the author/editor of a dozen books—including Student Services, Exploring Leadership, Leadership for a Better World, and the Handbook for Student Leadership Development—and is co-PI on the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership.

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David Perry

Florida State University’s Chief of Police, Law Enforcement Instructor

Florida State University’s Assistant Vice President for Safety and Chief of Police, David L. Perry, has worked in law enforcement since 1993.  He began his career as a police officer in Albany, Georgia where he quickly rose to the rank of investigator for the Albany Police Department before transferring to the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit. He was appointed Chief of Police at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia at only 26 years old. In 2006, David accepted the position as Chief of Police for Florida State University (FSU), after a three-year tenure serving as the Deputy Chief of Police for Clemson University.

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Dave Newport

LEED AP

Dave Newport, LEED AP, is the Director of the Environmental Center at the University of Colorado Boulder—the United States’ first, largest, and most accomplished center of its kind. Founded on Earth Day 1970, the Environmental Center’s 120+ students and 14 professional staff operate higher education’s original recycling program, alternative transportation, energy and climate justice, sports sustainability, and numerous other student-led operational, educational and research initiatives.

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Paul Wesselmann, MA
Paul Wesselmann, MA
Over the past two decades, Paul Wesselmann – The Ripples Guy, has visited hundreds of campuses and organizations around North America, encouraging students and staff to bring their FULL and BEST selves to school, work, and life. Paul earned a BA in psychology from McKendree University and an MA in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University.
Fabian J. De Rozario
Fabian J. De Rozario
Fabian J. De Rozario was a NIRSA member from 1984–1999 and served as faculty/board member of NIRSA’s School of Collegiate Recreational in 1998 and 1999. Fabian is currently a speaker, consultant, and facilitator of talent development programs, delivering more than 100 programs and seminars each year at Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and around the world.
Ed Cabellon, Ed.D.
Ed Cabellon, Ed.D.
Ed Cabellon is senior administrator in higher education with almost twenty years of progressive experience in various student affairs areas. He is a nationally-respected leader in digital technology and communication integration, education, and assessment.
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Dr. Susan R. Komives
Dr. Susan R. Komives
Susan R. Komives is Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland. She has served as vice president of two colleges and is a past president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Susan is the author/editor of a dozen books—including Student Services, Exploring Leadership, Leadership for a Better World, and the Handbook for Student Leadership Development—and is co-PI on the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership.
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CONTENT HIDDEN

A 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, Smith is a great choice to open the “A Strong Core, A Bright Future”–themed conference. Using his experience as an award-winning teacher and poet to share personal stories of justice, community, and education, his art-form illuminates how we can all find the courage to create change, overcome challenges, and unite ourselves through the power of the collective voice.

Clint believes we all share a story, the human story. It’s in the telling, he believes, that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. His TED Talk, a presentation of his spoken word poem “The Danger of Silence” has been viewed more than two million times, and was named one of the Top 20 TED Talks of 2014.

The Program Committee found his poetry and insights to be engaging and believe they will help inspire critical thinking around the Association’s strategic values—especially regarding the tenants of equity, diversity, inclusion, health & wellness, and leadership.

In 2013, Clint was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He has spoken at the U.S. Department of Education; the IB Conference of the Americas; the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; and has been featured on TED.com, Upworthy, and TVOne’s Verses and Flow. Additionally, he has been profiled in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Root, NBC News and the book, American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom.

John P. Dugan
John P. DuganLoyola University Chicago | Personal and Professional Qualities, Research and Evaluation
John P. Dugan is currently an Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago. He teaches courses on leadership, student development theory, and multiculturalism for social justice.
Additionally, he is the principle investigator for the Multi-institutional Study of Leadership (MSL), an international research program examining the influences of higher education on socially responsible leadership and other educational outcomes.

He has been retained by NIRSA to dive into the MSL data and align his findings with collegiate recreation program participation; his report was released by NIRSA in October 2014 and you can now review the executive summary. Dr. Dugan’s research has revealed ten best practices for how to advance leadership development on college campuses. These practices have informed the NIRSA Leadership Commission’s agenda.

Don Stenta, Recreational Sports Director at The Ohio State University and a Conference Program Committee member, says John “has an engaging presentation style and is eager to apply finding to our work.” NIRSA 2015 attendees should look forward to hearing Dugan speak about the leadership agenda for collegiate recreation professionals.

Dennis began his Disney career in 1979 as a front line attractions operator.  He advanced through the company, learning and applying the skills it takes to run a world-class, service-driven organization. He launched a division of the Disney Institute responsible for consulting with some of the world’s largest companies. This division quickly became the fastest growing venture of the Disney Institute and experienced repeat business of nearly 100%.

He also spent several years with the Disney University, teaching corporate philosophy and business practices to cast members and the leadership team. While there, he coordinated the Disney Traditions program, which is universally recognized as a benchmark in corporate training. In his last year with Walt Disney World, Snow’s leadership performance was ranked in the top 3% of the company’s leadership team.

Dennis gained the Program Committee’s attention through his dynamic presence of energy and passion around excellence. With his experience at Disney and consulting, we believe Dennis will provide attendees with the motivation and spirit to leave the conference ready to begin the hard work that needs to be done back on our campuses.

His articles appear in a number of industry publications and he is a featured guest “expert” on customer service on several business news-talk radio shows. He is the author of the book Unleashing Excellence: The Complete Guide to Ultimate Customer Service, which has been used in organizations around the world as a blueprint for organizational excellence. His newest book, Lessons From the Mouse: A Guide for Applying Disney World’s Secrets of Success to Your Organization, Your Career, and Your Life, has just been released