NACA® Practitioner Academies - About Leadership Dots
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​Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching and consulting for new supervisors and supervision training for organizations. She also writes daily leadership lessons at Through her work she creates analogies that allow others to connect the dots between life and life’s lessons and empowers them with the confidence to succeed on their own.

Dr. triplett has supervised hundreds of staff members, student employees and graduate assistants. Developing people was always her favorite part of all of her positions. She has helped others grow through over 400 presentations and a lifetime of mentoring young staff.

During her 30-year career in higher education, dr. triplett became a national expert in student retention and achieved enrollment growth as well as institutional culture change. She served as vice president for enrollment at Clarke University in Dubuque Iowa, Maryville University in St. Louis, the University of Detroit Mercy, and at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. She simultaneously served as dean of students and vice president for student life in several of these roles. Triplett was also a student activities professional at Wartburg College in Iowa and Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Dr. triplett earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University, a master of science degree in Organizational Communication from Southern Illinois/Carbondale, an MBA from Maryville University and a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism from Western Illinois University.

She previously served as chair of the board for the National Association for Campus Activities and recently served as a guest member to the board. She has received the Founder’s Award for service to the association and the Patsy Morley Outstanding Programmer Award for campus activities advisement.

Brian Gardner

Brian Gardner

Brian Gardner, a consultant with leadership dots for the NACA® Practitioner Academy for Management & Supervision, is the Assistant Dean and Director of Student Involvement at Maryville University.  In his 15 years at Maryville, Brian has worked in Student Involvement to create a dynamic and engaging campus life experience for students.  Most recently, he has done that work by leading both the Student Involvement and Residential Life teams towards achieving the University’s strategic goals and initiatives.  Much of his success in leading the department can be attributed to the attention he gives to recruiting, managing, and supervising an energetic staff with varying skills and competencies.

Brian has served NACA in various roles both regionally and nationally.  He has experience working on summer institutes, regional conferences, and special project task forces.  In addition, he chaired the Mid America Regional Conference Program Committee in 2010 and for 6 years served on the NACA® Board of Directors, including serving as chair from 2015 to 2016.  As a testament to his commitment to NACA, Brian was a recipient of the 2005 C. Shaw Smith New Professional Award and an inaugural recipient of the NACA® Legacy Award in 2010.

Brian earned both his Master of Business Administration degree and his bachelor of science degree in Marketing from Maryville University.

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