Dr. Keegan Nichols
Region IV-W Director-Elect
Vice President for Student Affairs
Arkansas Tech University
I feel blessed, humbled, and honored to have been nominated for the volunteer role of NASPA Region IV-W Board Chair. I moved to Colby, KS from Chicago, IL in 2010 and was immediately connected to Region IV-W board through a wonderful mentor and friend. I joined the board as the Community College Representative and attended my first regional conference. I remember feeling nervous as I had no idea how to even get started, and I was surrounded by some of the most intelligent people in the field. It only took an hour before I met friends and colleagues who quickly eased my nerves and helped me not only in the role, but in my new position in KS. This embodies the culture that exists in Region IV-W, and I am still friends and colleagues with those amazing people today. It would be my privilege to be your Region IV-W Board Chair because I am extremely grateful for the ways in which I have been supported by the association, grown through experiences, and have developed the best NASPA friends. My experience in NASPA has been transformational, and I would be honored to give back in this role.
My involvement in NASPA has prepared me well for this role, as I have served on the board for over 10 years and the Cabinet for 3 years. I have also served on several regional including Co-Chair of the 2017 Region IV-West Conference in Lincoln, NE and Chair of the 2020 Region IV-West WIR(ED) Virtual Conference. In addition, I have served NASPA through roles on national boards (AVP Steering Committee, Professional Standards Division, etc.) and various national conference committees.
The most important lesson I learned through my service is that I am inspired by our profession and my colleagues. I am proud that we have continued strong through a pandemic and been the colleagues who others have counted on as we navigate this unusual time. NASPA Region IV-W has remained steadfast and demonstrated grit and resilience as our institutions have changed, colleagues have changed, and we have all changed. It is through our grit and resilience that I believe that Region IV-W has a unique and diverse voice that is important to hear on the national level. I will listen to our colleagues across the region on issues we face and build connections to ensure our voice is heard on the national level.
If elected, I would bring energy, enthusiasm, and passion to NASPA, Region IV-W and to the profession. I would demonstrate the values of integrity, inclusion, innovation, and inquiry by being authentic, ensuring a voice for all, providing space to be creative, and supporting research and scholarship. I would work in collaboration and partnership with NASPA members, the Board, and the NASPA staff to better understand, support, and build upon the NASPA Strategic Plan.