BIO: Michael Mardis
Michael Mardis is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and has more than eleven years professional experience working in Student Affairs. As a former student, staff member, and instructor he has first-hand knowledge of student life at the University of Louisville. For the past two years he has served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and for the last five years as Dean of Students at Radford University in Virginia. Currently he oversees the following campus life functions: Student Activities, Student Activities Center, Intramurals and Campus Recreation, Leadership, Greek Life, Judicial Affairs, Academic Integrity, Student Organizations (160), Off-Campus Student Services, Disability Resource Office, Multicultural and International Student Services, Student Support Services (federally funded TRIO program), Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault Education, Student Media, Preston Auditorium, Student Advocacy, Absence Notification, Parent and Family Services, and Residential Life.
Radford University is a comprehensive public university with highly diverse curricula of undergraduate and graduate programs. Michael currently manages a budget which exceeds $5,000,000, and supervises a staff of 51 professionals, 39 graduate assistants, and approximately 500 student workers. In addition to his departmental responsibilities, Michael serves as the vice-chair of the Radford University Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, and is currently teaching a graduate course in the Counselor Education program. He is the site coordinator for the SACSA/NASPA Region III New Professionals Institute. Michael received the Radford University SGA faculty staff member of the year award, and is also the past recipient of the “Harold Adams Award” for improving the quality of student life at the University of Louisville. He has received several other awards for his distinguished service to students.
A strong dedication to helping students identify and fulfill their purpose is at the core of Michael’s deep passion for working with college students, demonstrated by the dynamic and positive working relationship he has developed with the Radford University Student Government Association. Michael is dedicated to understanding the diverse needs of individuals, as an essential component of being able to support positive relationships with all students. He thinks of diversity in broad terms that include, race, religion, gender, physical and mental ability, family status, lifestyle, age, and political affiliation. His strong commitment to diversity both personally and professionally is nurtured well at Radford in his regular interactions with a diverse student body.
Michael received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Louisville. He is defending his dissertation on June 11, 2007 and will receive his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Organizational Development from the University of Louisville. It is only with fond memories that Michael recalls his experiences at the University of Louisville. Those memories include proposing to his wife at the annual international dinner, serving on the interfraternity council, coordinating intramural programs, and teaching others. His life and career were dramatically shaped by individuals at the University of Louisville who were committed to his personal and professional success. Michael is married to two time University of Louisville graduate Aneira Urieta Mardis. They have two children Maria, and James. In his spare time he enjoys family time, exercising, reading, and playing basketball.