Brett Bruner, Ed.D., serves as the director of transition & student conduct at Fort Hays State University. In this role, he provides oversight for new student orientation, transition initiatives, parent and family programs, transfer student engagement, the second year experience, civic learning & democratic engagement, sexual assault & relationship violence prevention, and student conduct. The ACCESS to Success - Student Success Plan (ACCESS Plan) at Fort Hays State University has been in existence since Fall 2012 in response to a Kansas state mandate that requires every student who is admitted as an exception to the minimum admissions standards prescribed by the state to adopt an individual plan for success. The ACCESS Plan has been successful in supporting and engaging all new, incoming, first-year students in a creative and cost-effective way.
He has worked in student leadership development and new student orientation programs for the past 10 years and is actively involved in NASPA, serving as the Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Knowledge Community Co-Chair, and NODA: The Association for Orientation, Transition & Retention in Higher Education. He has presented on the role of cultivating leadership development in new students at the 2016 NODA Region IV Conference.
Brett holds an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Baker University, an M.S. in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri, and a B.S.B. in business administration from Emporia State University.
Chris Hutchison serves as the assistant dean of students at Chapman University (CA). In this role, he oversees civic engagement initiatives, cross-cultural engagement, Greek life, student organizations, the student union and fitness center. He also advises the student government association, serves on the University’s Diversity Response Committee, and the Community Engagement and Service Learning Working Group. Additionally, Chris serves as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Chris received his M.A. in leadership studies from the University of San Diego and his M.S. in educational studies-higher education from the University of Oxford. He also received his Ph.D. in education from Chapman University, focusing his research upon the impact of democratic pedagogy, experience, and university-community dynamics in the curriculum upon undergraduate civic learning. He has been active in NASPA via the Lead Initiative, presenting at conferences, and serving on the planning committee for the 2014 Western Regional Conference.