Sunday, November 3, 2013

Scott Shields, 2013-2014 Past-President

Current Position
Coordinator of Residential Life Operations, Northwest Missouri State University

Please provide your educational information – institution(s) attended, degree(s)/area(s) of study, year(s) attended
*Truman State University, B.S. Psychology, Minor in Communication, 1992-1997
*Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.A. Student Affairs in Higher Education, 1997-1999

What is your favorite part of your role at your institution?
*As operations coordinator, I get to put a lot of my hobbies to use.  Photography and information technology are two skills I have put to use helping out with our data management and improvement of web and social media.

How did you get involved with MoCPA?
* I was nominated by one of my Complex Directors to run for Public Institution Representative.  Not sure if I wanted to do this, I chatted with then MoCPA President, Dr. Jackie Elliott, about the possibility.  I was highly encouraged to run, but was offered a spot as the Technology Chair if I didn't win the position.  I won the election, but opted to take on the Technology Chair position as well.  I was able to use both positions together to help grow both positions and had a very successful first year.  With those successes, I was tapped to run for President and the rest, as they say, is history!

What is your favorite MoCPA event/membership benefit?
* Just working with the MoCPA Executive Board is immensely rewarding.  I have made contacts in different areas all around the state and can call them up for help at any time for some specialist help.  But mostly, they have opened my eyes to professional development and networking opportunities and how easy they can be to create.  These people are my colleagues and my friends.

What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world of education?
* If I could wave my magic wand, teachers would be paid a lot more and students would pay a lot less in tuition and fees.  Ah, if only the magic wand.

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