Conference Committee Co-Chair
Dean of Student Engagement
Arkansas Tech University
Dr. Brett Bruner serves as the Dean of Student Engagement in the Division of Student Affairs at Arkansas Tech University. In this role, he provides oversight for staff in the functional areas of residence life, diversity and inclusion, international student services, campus life, parent and family relations, civic engagement and service, fraternity and sorority life, new student orientation and transition, first-generation student success, post-traditional and commuter student services, spirit programs, student activities and organizations, student leadership, campus recreation, and veteran services. In addition, he serves as the assessment coordinator for the Division of Student Affairs and directs the First-Generation Institute at Arkansas Tech University, a summer drive-in program that serves 100 rising high school juniors and seniors across the state of Arkansas who identify as first-generation college students. Prior to his work at ATU, he served as the Director of Transition & Student Conduct at Fort Hays State University for six years, where he served as the director of the Hispanic College Institute, a summer drive-in program that served 100 rising high school junior and seniors Latinx/a/o students from across Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Missouri who identified as first-generation college students. He has been actively involved with first-generation student work through presenting on first-generation student topics at NASPA Annual and Regional Conference, the NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap Conference, the NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education, the NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference, annual and regional conferences for NODA: The Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education, state and annual conferences for ACPA, the Kansas Student Affairs Conference, the Arkansas Student Affairs Association, and the Learning Communities Association.
He is also a member of the Center for First-generation Student Success Advocacy Group. 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. in Business Administration from Emporia State University.