Clemson’s Surrett honored by NASPA for contributions to student leadership programs
CLEMSON — Myles Surrett has been honored for outstanding contributions to the student leadership programs by the South Carolina state board of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Surrett is in his first year as Clemson’s associate director of student organizations within Campus Activities and Events.
“Myles has been a great addition to our staff,” said Josh Barnes, director for student leadership and involvement. “He’s done a great job of providing a ton of resources to our student organizations. Prior to coming to Clemson, he was already involved with NASPA, so we’re excited to see that his work is being awarded. It not only helps the student affairs profession, but also enhances our reputation at Clemson.”
Surrett serves as the communication coordinator for the student leadership programs and knowledge community within NASPA. He developed the idea of conducting leadership podcasts, which has drawn a bigger audience than other outreach programs. The knowledge community includes approximately 3,000 members in NASPA.
“Previously, I helped coordinate webinars, but the podcasts have helped me develop from a structural standpoint,” he said. “I’ve been able to reach folks and build contacts in places I would’ve never been able to without being involved.”
In his role at Clemson, Surrett works closely with student government and its organization directors Aris Hall (graduate) and Ashley McMullen (undergraduate) to evolve what has been a longstanding, productive partnership.
A graduate of Furman University, Surrett joined Campus Activities and Events last August and has focused a great deal of his efforts toward building an infrastructure where students can be successful.
“We’ve tried to build some channels through which students who come to Clemson transition from being on campus to being involved,” he said. “Obviously, student organizations are a great outlet for that. Once they’re involved, we want to develop them as leaders and prepare them for their careers.”