Asian Professionals in Higher Ed Panel, presented by the NIRSA Asian Community Caucus
Recorded On: 05/16/2023
Want to know more about what it is like to navigate working in higher education as someone who identifies as Asian? Listen to the stories of various leaders in athletics, academics, and student affairs professionals, who will share their career journey. Panelists will share their successes and some of the challenges they’ve faced in their personal and professional lives through the intersectionality of their various identities.
Originally aired on May 16, 2023
The online event was facilitated by NIRSA Asian Caucus Leaders: Kevin George of Rowan University and Maria Lauron-Ramos of Princeton University.
- Vicky Chun, Thomas A. Beckett Director of Yale Athletics – Yale University
- Nicholas Hartlep, Robert Charles Billings Endowed Chair & Education Studies Department Chair – Berea College
- Smita Ruzicka,Vice President of Student Affairs – Middlebury College
- Connie Tingson Gatuz, Associate Vice President for Student Development, Learning, and Social Change Education – University of Michigan
Maria Lauron-Ramos (Moderator)
Coordinator of Campus Recreation, Marketing/Staff Development
Kevin George, M.E.S. (Moderator)
Director of Campus Recreation
Kevin leads a comprehensive campus recreation department that supports the health and well-being of the Rowan community. The department supports students through informal recreation, intramural sports, sport clubs, group fitness, personal training, and aquatics programs. Kevin’s energetic team of professional staff, graduate coordinators, and over 200 student and part-time staff supports campus well-being through multiple indoor and outdoor facilities, various and diverse programs and services, and initiatives that provide opportunities for student learning and growth. Through collaborations with a variety of divisions and departments, Kevin leads the integration of a well-being culture across the campus by helping students and employees who are navigating the dimensions of well-being: physical, emotional, community, social, financial, and purpose.
He attended Robert Morris University and obtained a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Sport Management and has a M.E.S. in Sport Management from the University of Florida. While at UF, Kevin served as a graduate assistant of intramural sports at the Recreational Sports Department and served as a Summer Sports & Fitness Intern with the Navy MWR in La Maddalena, Italy. His Rowan University career began at the Rec Center in 2004. An active member of NIRSA – Leaders of Collegiate Recreation, Kevin has been recognized by the association with the Horace Moody Award for Student Development in 2006 and the Region I Award of Merit in 2019.
Kevin resides with his wife and 3 daughters in Haddonfield, NJ and enjoys spending his spare time officiating women’s collegiate basketball and playing in the Rowan Summer Employee Softball League.