Let Me Tell You What I Wish I'd Known-Insights From an Recreation Career

Let Me Tell You What I Wish I'd Known-Insights From an Recreation Career

Recorded On: 03/05/2021

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Having served as a Director for a newly created department with a new facility at a university that has never had a focus on recreation, health, or wellbeing, my journey has been challenging and rewarding. In this session, I will share insight into areas that I wish I'd had more exposure to or taken additional time to learn more about through 16 years as a professional. From budgets to strategic planning, staffing to collaboration, emergency management to telling our story, the past years have exposed areas of growth needed for all professionals wanting to advance. Not all of these lessons focus solely on the job as each experience is unique, providing some insight beyond the office walls is important.

Learning Outcome(s)

1. Identify at least two areas you can  focus on for short-term development as part of your individual professional development plan.

2. Be more self-aware of your own strengths and areas of growth.

Core Competencies:

Personal & Professional Qualities


Brian Mills

Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Currently the Director for Campus Recreation and Wellness at the University of Houston Clear Lake. I have served in multiple roles, mostly focused on intramural sports, sport clubs and summer campus/family programming at The University of Texas at Austin (1999-2001), Rice University (02-03), Ohio University (03-04), Texas A&M-Commerce (04-06), Stephen F. Austin State University (06-12), the University of Houston (12-17), and UH Clear Lake (17 to present). I am married to the most amazing person ever, Jennifer Mills, whom I met while officiating floor hockey in 1999. We have two wonderful daughters, Victoria (11) and Evelyn (9) who enjoy playing inside or outside, being very active in Girl Scouts and on their swim team, watching Marvel, Star Wars, and harry Potter movies, and just all around being awesome! I am lucky enough to have surrounded myself with great role models, teachers, and coaches as well as some of the most dedicated and caring friends possible. Through all of the experiences at my different stops, I have always been able to rely on the skills I have developed and lean on the assistance and guidance from those that want to see me be successful.

Education background:
Bachelors of Liberal Arts - Government, Bachelors of Liberal Arts - History from The University of Texas at Austin, 2001
Masters of Education - Higher Education and College Student Personnel from Ohio University, 2003


Let Me Tell You What I Wish I'd Known
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
1.00 NIRSA CEUs credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 NIRSA CEUs credit  |  Certificate available