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Executive Director, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities

2006-2011 Ed.D Higher Education, Texas A&M – Commerce, Commerce, TX.
Research: Measuring the reflective judgment of students who engage in civic engagement activities at a large, public university.

1995-1997 M.S. Student Personnel Services, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Research: The effects of U.S. v. Louisiana on enrollment at historically black colleges in Louisiana

1991-1995 B.A. English, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (2011– present):
Executive Director, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities (2015-Current)
Director, Office of Student Involvement (2011-2015)

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX (1997-2011):
Director, Office of Student Affairs (2009-2011)
Director, Office of Student Life (2006-2009)
Assistant Director, Office of Student Affairs (2001-2006)
Program Coordinator, Office of Student Activities (1998-2001)
Program Advisor, Office of Student Activities (1997-1998)

Executive Director, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, 2015-Present (
Reports to the Operational Leads (Vice-President level appointments) of the three member campuses of the Florida Consortium (UCF, USF, and FIU), the Executive Director is responsible for the collaborative project building of the Florida Consortium. An innovative and forward thinking partnership; the Florida Consortium is tasked with exploring efficiencies in Student Predictive Analytics, High-Tech Student Success Pathways, Targeted Student Support, and Career Readiness. The Executive Director is responsible for securing programming grants, facilitating communication efforts, program development and oversight, research analysis, and faculty development. In its first year the Florida Consortium secured over $1.2 million in private funds and has made progress in over a dozen separate collaborative projects aimed at a more inclusive and diverse student body.

UCF Director, Office of Student Involvement, 2011-2015 (
Reports to the Associate Vice-President in an administrative and leadership role. I managed, supervise and provide direction the Office of Student Involvement and its student agencies. Program areas under my direct supervision include the Campus Activities, Volunteer and Service Programs, Student Organization Services, Campus Radio Station, Special Events programming including late night and weekend and Homecoming, Graphic Design Team, and the Student Government Association. These various offices currently employ nine full-time employees, six graduate assistants and over 75 student employees. I currently manage a budget of over $3.5 million dollars.

SFASU Director, Office of Student Affairs, 2009-2011
Reports to the Dean of Student Affairs in an administrative and leadership role. I supervised and provided strategic direction to the Office of Student Affairs Programs which includes (Student Activities Association, Traditions Council. SFA Homecoming, Jack Camp), Office of Student Involvement and Greek Life (SFA Involvement Center, Greek Life, Student Academic Travel, Student Organization Services), Office of Leadership and Service (Student Government Association, Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Lumberjack Leadership, SFA Volunteers!) and the SFA Spirit Office (Cheerleading and Dance teams). These four offices consist of nine full-time staff, two graduate assistants, and 42 student employees. I currently manage a combined budget of $1,437,000. In 2009-2010 the Office of Student Affairs managed over 250 individual events reaching over 100,000 patrons.

SFASU Director of Student Life, 2006-2009
● Supervise four full-time staff, a graduate assistant, and 10 student employees.
● Budget oversight in excess of $525,000.
● Student Volunteerism – Coordinate a comprehensive volunteer and service program including event management, developing community partnerships, tracking service learning and volunteer hours.
● Civic Engagement – Developed a civic engagement program focusing on voter interest and registration, coordinated campus wide Constitution Day Celebration.
● Service Learning – Constructing a campus wide program designed to collaborate with faculty in developing service learning opportunities, facilitating assessment and coordinating a service learning mini-grant program.
● SFA Emergency Response – Managed a hurricane shelter for Hurricanes Ike and Rita to include staffing, volunteer and facility management.

SFASU Assistant Director of Student Affairs, 2001-2006
● Supervise one full-time staff, one half-time staff
● Budget oversight in excess of $300,000.
● Omicron Delta Kappa – National Leadership Honor Society. (Chartered Circle in 2003)
● Student Government Association – Serve as the principal staff contact. Coordinates leadership development, fiscal management and organizational structure.
● SFA Spirit Program – Advise and supervise three spirit teams including a dance team, all-girl and co-ed squad. SFA Spirit teams have achieved 18 national championships.
● SFA Homecoming – Developed framework and advised student committees for Homecoming week activities including elections, parade, bonfire and pep rally, fireworks, half-time activities, and volunteer week.
● SFA Jack Camp – A Freshman Transitional Camp that serves over 600 incoming freshmen in the development of school spirit. Oversaw administrative development of program.
● SFA Student Recreation Center and Student Center Projects – Part of campaign team assigned to gauge interest and development of a student fee for a $32 million dollar student recreation center and a $24 million dollar SFA Student Center project.
● Freshman Leadership Academy – Serving as the advisor to a semester long, intensive leadership program for 50 highly engaged students.

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (2011– present):
EDH 7401, Policy in Higher Education (2016)
EDH 6635, Organization and Administration in Higher Education (2012-2015)
LDR 2002, Intermediate Leadership (2013)
LDR 2001, Introduction to Leadership (2011-2015)
SLS 1501, Student Success (2011-2015)

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX (1997– 2011):
SFA 101, Student Success (2000 – 2011 [11])

 Preston, M. (2009). Coordinating a Response: Managing and Maintaining a Hurricane Shelter on a College Campus. NACA Programming Magazine, Fall 2009.
 Preston, M., Scott, J. (2014). Making Civic Engagement Meaningful: The Role of Reflection. Presented Publication at the Association for the Study of Higher Education national meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
 Preston, M., Peck, A. (2016). Carts Before Horses?: Remembering the Primacy of the Student’s Experience in Student Learning. In Publication – NASPA New Directions in Student Leadership.
 Preston, M. (2016). Student Government Association Career Readiness – Book Chapter, NASPA Press, In Publication.
 Preston, M. (2015-2016). Guest Columnist – UCF Forum Huffington Post. Six guest editorials on the state of higher education.
 Preston, M., Malaret, S., Buzan, C. (2016) Standing for 20 Hours: What a Dance Marathon can Teach us About Student Development. NACA Programming Magazine, March 2016.
 Preston, M., Oglethorpe, D. (2016) The Political Season on Campus: How to Navigate the Political Season with Student Development in Mind. NACA Programming Magazine, September 2016.


 Presentation: Project CEO: Helping Students Make the Most of their Leadership Experiences for Career Success.
NASPA National Meeting
March 2016, Indianapolis, IN

 Presentation: Florida Consortium: How Three Universities Work Together for Student Success
SXSW EDU Conference
March 2016, Austin, TX

 Presentation: Making the Student Learning Competencies and Employability Connection make sense
ACPA Webinar Series
October 2014

 Presentation: Half-Baked – Utilizing Involvement to make Academic Connections
NASPA Florida Conference
October 2014, Ft. Meyers, FL

 Presentation: A college experience for all – Engaging and developing distance learners at two large, public universities
NASPA National Convention
March 2014, Baltimore, MD

 Presentation: Learning from Civic Engagement: Probing Student Reflections
Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference
February 2014, Las Vegas, NV

 Presentation: Steps for Individual Excellence as a Campus Activities Professional
National Association for Campus Activities Webinar
September 2013

 Symposium Coordinator: Leadership Readiness: Exploring Student Development in the Context of Leadership Education
National Leadership Symposium
July 2013, Louisville, KY

 Presentation: Serve All: Making Student Services Work on Regional Campuses
NASPA National Convention
March 2013, Orlando, FL

 Symposium Coordinator: Professional Development Workshop
NACA Huge Leadership Weekend
June 2012, Austin, TX
 Presentation: Get a Life! Negotiating a sense of Wellness in Student Affairs
NASPA Florida Drive In
May 2011, Orlando, FL

 Presentation: Developing Information Fluency in Modern College Students
NASPA Florida Drive In
May 2011, Orlando, FL

 Presentation: Learning Outside of the Classroom: Partnerships with Student Affairs
TACUSPA Conference
October 2010, Houston, TX

 UCF Graduate Faculty Scholar
 NASPA Program Reviewer
 NACA Research and Scholarship Group Chair (2014-2016)
 NASPA Florida Student Affairs Directors Work Group (2013)
 NACA Education Advisory Group (2012-2013)
 NASPA 2013 National Convention Planning Committee (2012-2013)
 Diversity Certificate Series Certification (2013)
 UCF Collaborative Program of the Year (2011)
 Nacogdoches County Voter Registration Marshall (2008-2011)
 True Colors Facilitator Certification (2008)
 Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Certification (2008)
 Student Affairs Excellence Award, SFASU (2010)
 Omicron Delta Kappa Regional Advisor of the Year (2009)
 NACA Huge Leadership Weekend Professional Development Coordinator (2003-2005)
 NACA Special Program Award (2004)
 NACA Regional Coordinator (2003-2005)
 The Markley Award, NACA Central Region (2003)
 NACA Regional Business Manager (2002-2003)
 NACA Cooperative Buying Coordinator (1999-2002)

UCF (2011-2014)
 UCF Diversity Training Coordinating Team
 Just Knights Bias Response Team
 Campus Emergency Response Team E-15
 Civic and Democratic Engagement Committee
 Eternal Knights Memorial Services
 Risk Management Campus Partnership Team
 UCF Smoke-Free Campus Committee

SFASU (1997-2011)
 First-Year Experience Committee
 SFA Leadership Minor Development Committee
 University Affairs Assessment Committee
 SACS Reaffrimation of Accreditation Student Affairs Committee
 Service Learning Advisory Board (Chair)
 SFA Chamber Connection
 Texans Standing Tall Alcohol Intervention Team
 SFA Mentor Ring Mystery Dipper Committee (Chair)
 Student Affairs Programming Unit Committee (Chair)
 Omicron Delta Kappa National Convention Local Arrangements (Chair)
 Garner Victory Light Replacement Committee (Chair)

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