Educational Session: Starting Your Career in this Profession

June 13 – June 17, 2016
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

On Tuesday afternoon of the seminar, Dr. John Taylor, ACUI CEO, will share insights from his 25+ years of progressively managing college unions, specifically about skill sets new professionals need, common missteps to avoid, and how ACUI can support your career development. He will draw from his experiences on campus, in supervising new professionals, and as an Association volunteer advancing education and research. Taylor is familiar with what is taught in graduate school, what can be applied from other fields, and how to gain practical experience in areas outside your current role. This session will lay the foundation for IPDS, emphasizing each content area’s value to attendees’ immediate or future endeavors related to working in unions and activities.

John TayorJohn Taylor serves as chief executive officer for ACUI. He is in his second year as CEO, after having worked in higher education for 27 years. Taylor began his professional college union career at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center, working in campus activities. In 1990, he became the operations coordinator of the Busch Campus Center at Rutgers University, where he was subsequently promoted to associate director. In 1996, Taylor was selected as assistant dean of students and director of the Plaster Student Union at Missouri State University. In 2005, he became director of university unions at the University of Michigan.

Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Missouri. His dissertation examined successful leadership practices of senior student affairs officers, and he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on leadership foundations.

As CEO, Taylor works with ACUI’s Board of Trustees to set the strategic direction for the Association, as well as the 21 full-time employees in ACUI’s Central Office who drive day-to-day operations. Overseeing a $3.5 million budget, Taylor leads advancement efforts, develops strategic partnerships, and explores opportunities to improve the organization and enhance programs and services for ACUI’s members.

Taylor has been married for 26 years to his wife, Michelle, and they have four kids—two girls, Nicole and Hannah, who are in college, and two boys, Jacob, who is a junior in high school, and Matthew, who is in seventh grade.

Updated May 13, 2016