The National Association for Campus Activities recently announced Brian Gardner, ’03, ’07, will serve as vice chair for programs to its Board of Directors.
Gardner serves as Maryville’s assistant director of Student Involvement and will assume the role of director of Student Involvement on June 1. His commitment to making Maryville a vibrant campus comes from his own time as a student here. “When I was a student, we had a campus life that wasn’t as intentional and conducive to creating community as it is now,” he said.
Gardner said student involvement is about just that, encouraging students to decide what programs and events they want on campus, making sure they have the training to pull it off succesfully and providing guidance when it’s needed. He said those involved in campus activities and events, regardless of their field of academic study, come away with experience in areas such as contract negotiation and event planning.
“A big part of that evolution is our involvement with the National Association for Campus Acitivites,” Gardner said. Gardner explained that the association links together education and entertainment and supports student engagement and student activities across the nation. In his leadership role on the Association’s executive committee, he will be responsible for communicating and implementing Board policy and procedures as they apply to institutes, regional conferences and other educational programs.
His experience with NACA includes serving as Chair of the Mid America Regional Conference in 2010, Regional Block Booking Coordinator, Off Site Logistics Coordinator and more. He received the C. Shaw Smith New Professional Award and the Legacy Award. In addition, Gardner has written several articles for Campus Activities Programming™. Gardner received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and his Master of Business Administration degree from Maryville.
Established in 1960, the National Association for Campus Activities is the recognized leader in higher education for providing members with innovative practices and access to programs that support campus engagement. The association offers a variety of events, educational institutes, publications and networking opportunities for colleges and universities across the country. It focuses on program planning, risk management, multicultural education, concert management, student and professional leadership development, student government and more.