Brian is an educator, thought-partner, connector, and has dedicated his career to improving higher education; and it all started during his own college experience.
An active student leader at Roger Williams University, Brian served the community as a class president, organization leader, orientation advisor, and resident assistant, receiving the Karen Haskell student leader award, honorary chair of the Inter-Class Council, and campus recognition as homecoming king and participant for the Mr. RWU pageant (a St. Jude’s fundraiser). He extended his involvement beyond campus as a regional foundation fundraiser and representative for the national association for campus activities, and was honored with NACA’s national service citation for his efforts increasing scholarship funding for students and professionals across the northeast to access NACA programs.
As a graduate student at Texas A&M in educational administration, Brian continued his service to NACA as a member of the Board of Directors, and on campus as the professional development chair of the Association for Future Student Affairs Professionals. Watching the growth of the higher education community on twitter, he started the #SAgrad community Twitter chat in October of 2010 to connect student affairs graduate students in weekly chats, and gained national notoriety when it was featured in Inside Higher Ed [I]. The chat continues to connect thousands of graduate students every week [I] as part of NASPA’s Technology Knowledge community.
Brian’s professional journey includes experience on campus in residence life, leadership education, campus activities, orientation and first-year transition programs. He maintained national service through higher education associations ACPA and NASPA in roles focused on elevating the importance of campus engagement, a topic Brian co-authored a chapter in New Directions in Higher Education: Peer Leadership in Higher Education published by Jossey-Bass [I].
His pursuit of opportunities beyond any single campus was broadly aimed at learning as much as he could about improving student outcomes and experience. He first focused on supporting advising technology implementation and data to improve retention and graduation rates at EAB [I]. Watching the emergence of higher education alternatives, Brian offered his education administration background, knowledge, and skills to running the end-to-end student experience at DC campus of The Iron Yard code school for the growing population of ‘career changers’ using education as a signal [I]. He moved the DC campus twice (with successful regulatory approvals) [I], increased student enrollment, expanded the DC team, and watched students there make some incredible things [I].
Today, he uses design thinking and other innovation tools working with entrepreneurs, educators, and employers to design education toward the future of work at the Education Design Lab [I]. When he’s not designing new education models or speaking to college students, Brian serves as a Lead Facilitator for Kiwanis International’s Key Leader program [I], hoping to turn a few disengaged high school students into higher education advocates like someone did for him. He continues to support his undergraduate institution through service on the Alumni Board [I].
In his free time, Brian’s probably kayaking, playing golf, at a concert, drinking an IPA or checking out a new museum exhibit somewhere in DC, where he calls home.
For more about his professional background and experience, take a look at his LinkedIn profile page.
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