Dr. Brian Kurisky will join the VWU community as Director of Wesleyan Engaged: Center for Civic Leadership and Service Learning on December 1. Dr. Kurisky has served in various leadership capacities at Old Dominion University, including his most recent position as Director for Academic Initiatives in the Center for High Impact Practices, and other roles in academic support and institutional research and assessment. He has also held several student affairs/residence life positions at institutions such as Ferris State University, Western Michigan University, and Lake Superior State University. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education leadership from Old Dominion University, an M.S.Ed. in higher education from Grand Valley State University, and B.S. degrees in political science and speech communication from Old Dominion University. Dr. Kurisky will lead VWU's new center and build on Virginia Wesleyan University’s strong foundation of student volunteerism and shape, expand, and direct service learning opportunities, neighborhood partnerships, and interfaith dialogue. He will expand existing community relationships, further identifying and coordinating mutually-beneficial service learning and volunteer opportunities for VWU faculty, staff, and students. He will also pursue grant support for Wesleyan Engaged and will seek national recognition through initiatives such as the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll, the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, and the Campus Compact Civic Action Plan.