Nick Dressler came to Bates in June 2016, and works to create an inclusive environment grounded in inspiration and creativity. In his work as Assistant Director of Campus Life, he supports student clubs and organizations, as well as individual students, in making their goals and programming ideas a reality. This includes managing all major sources of student initiative funding administered by the Office of Campus Life. He also serves as the direct advisor of Chase Hall Programming Board and the Village Club Series Crew, the supervisor for the Ronj Coffeehouse staff and Late Night Coordinators, and as mentor to student government leadership. Nick works with other staff in the office to drive the mission and vision of the Office of Campus Life.
A Buffalo, NY native, Nick received a bachelor’s degree in English and film from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. After working for several years post-graduation as a retail manager, he decided to return to school and in May 2016 received a master of education degree in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. At Vanderbilt, he served two years as a graduate fellow in Warren College, the University’s first foray into the upperclass residential college model.
Nick has professional and graduate experience in human resource management, networking, financial management and planning, faculty-staff partnerships, and working with students through the lenses of intersectionality and diverse backgrounds. He ultimately plans to achieve a Ph.D. in higher education leadership with a focus on diversity.