Find out why NAGAP leaders say getting involved has been life-changing.
Though leadership roles vary across NAGAP and our many chapters and knowledge communities, one thing is for certain: raising your hand for leadership opportunities in NAGAP pays huge personal and professional dividends. Whether you're looking to make an impact in the field, expand your professional network, grow your own leadership skills, or just connect with other like-minded individuals, NAGAP opens the door.
Types of Leadership Opportunities
The NAGAP Governing Board
The NAGAP Governing Board consists of five elected officers and a number of appointed Directors. The Board oversees all of the activities of the organization.
- Executive Officers
The elected officers include the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President. Each position serves for a period of two years and is elected by a majority vote of the NAGAP membership in the spring.
The Directors are appointed by the NAGAP President in consultation with the other Executive Officers. Directors generally have oversight of at least one committee or major project and meet in person quarterly. While Directors often have other volunteer or leadership experience in NAGAP, it is not a prerequisite.
If the NAGAP Board of Directors are the conductors, the committees are the engines behind all of our important work. Committee membership can provide a great way to contribute to the field with options of varying time commitments. You can lead an important project or subcommittee or support a part of a critical effort - it's up to you how you'd like to contribute.
Other Current Committees
Similar to NAGAP, chapters generally have elected officers and committees to support their various activities. Chapters currently either serve a geographic region or special interest. Leadership involvement at the chapter level provides a great opportunity to contribute to the field on a smaller level. It can also serve as good preparation for deeper leadership leadership involvement in the future at the chapter or national level.
NAGAP Communities provide an informal venue for GEM professionals to connect on common interests or affinities. They differ from chapters in that they are not independent legal entities and do not require bylaws or elections.
Take a leadership role by contributing to an active community or create a new one. Any active NAGAP member can establish a NAGAP Community as long as there are at least 15 active NAGAP members interested in participating in the Community.
"I've had leadership opportunities at the chapter and national level and can honestly say those experiences have not only made me a better leader in my work, but have also helped me gain a wide network of friends and colleagues that support me every day."
"Since becoming involved in NAGAP, my perspective on the work done in GEM and across higher education continuously expands, allowing me to see how all the components of higher education connect with each other. Taking on a leadership role in NAGAP allows me to put that perspective into practice to help have a positive impact on the growth of graduate education. "
NAGAP Leadership Resources
Over time, NAGAP leaders have provided valuable content through blog posts and podcasts that provide some insight into their various leadership roles with the association. These resources provide some helpful content as you consider your own interests in leadership roles in NAGAP and our chapters.
Good GEM leaders start from within.
Jumpstart your own development.
The best leaders in our field engage in learning about all of the various facets of graduate enrollment management beyond our individual roles. As you look to grow your own leadership skills, we've compiled some critical resources here to get you started.
- 'Not Racist' Is Not Enough: Putting In The Work To Be Anti-Racist
- Be a More Effective Volunteer Manager
Be sure to check out some of the content we've produced on supporting your own personal and professional development:
Hone your personal leadership skills.
If you're looking for an opportunity to improve your own leadership skills and expand your GEM knowledge, consider the NAGAP Leadership Academy. Through executive coaching, formal and informal training, and discussions, this annual, comprehensive training program takes your leadership development to the next level.
Interested in learning more about leadership opportunities?
If you're interested in hearing more about leadership opportunities or running for a position, please contact Jeremiah Nelson, chair of the Leadership Cultivation and Elections Committee.