Our small but mighty staff engage in the day-to-day work of the Compact. Our Executive Board provides oversight and strategic direction, while our Advisory Board offers guidance and insights from the field to improve events and programs.

Leslie Garvin, Executive Director

On January 1, 2015, Garvin assumed the role as the Compact’s third executive director, after serving 5 months in the interim position. She serves as the liaison to the Executive Board, develops and leads member institution recruitment and retention strategies, facilitates faculty engagement initiatives, builds strategic partnerships to develop and expand higher education civic engagement, and oversees day-to-day operations.  Garvin leads the Compact’s deliberative dialogue initiative and has trained hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and community partners across the state and country in this method.

Garvin joined the Compact as Associate Director in 2005, where she managed many of the network’s key programs. She served as Program Director on three AmeriCorps grants that engaged over one thousand college students in community service; and she managed a 3-year grant to support MLK Day of Service activities on 180 campuses across the Southeast. She acted as lead coordinator for the Compact’s three major civic engagement conferences and bi-annual network meetings, which together attract nearly 700 participants each year.  A member of the Mission Achieving Committee of national Campus Compact, she also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater High Point, where she chairs the Community Impact Committee. She is a member of the Service Year NC Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee on Civic Health for the Institute for Emerging Issues . Garvin was named a 2016 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow to study afterschool/expanded learning policy and develop and implement state-level policy projects in partnership with the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NCCAP) and the national Afterschool Alliance.

Garvin holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in social and economic development and a specialization in management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political science, both from Washington University in St. Louis.

Leslie can be reached at lgarvin {at} elon(.)edu or (336) 278-7278. Follow her on Twitter at @garvin_leslie.

René Summers, Program Assistant

René, who serves as connector to member campuses, facilitator of information, and conference planner, joined NC Campus Compact in March 2011. For sixteen years, René served in the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Elon University, providing administrative support for the University Chaplain, participating in the development of the Religious & Spiritual life program, and coordinating and implementing numerous campus-wide events and conferences.

René can be reached at summerre {at} elon(.)edu or (336) 278-7154.

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