New LGBT Resource Center Director

Chad Mandala named Director of the LGBT Resource Center

Chad Mandala named Director of the LGBT Resource Center

Chad Mandala named Director of the LGBT Resource Center

Chad Mandala, who currently directs the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center at Texas A&M University, has been named director of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Georgia.

Mandala will facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of educational, social, support and resource programs for students regarding topics of sexual orientation and gender identity and serve as an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students on the University of Georgia campus and beyond. He will report to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Michele Howard and serve as a member of the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs.

“Chad’s experience at institutions, particularly in the Southeast, similar to UGA in size and prestige, as well as his scholarly research and involvement in student affairs professional associations at the national level make him an excellent addition to our campus," said Victor K. Wilson, vice president for student affairs. “I’m excited for the future of the LGBT Resource Center and continuing to enhance our support for our students.”

Mandala’s appointment is effective December 10.

In this role, Mandala will serve as a primary point of contact and support for students on topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity, provide referral services for students needing assistance from campus and off-campus resources, and act as a resource for every member of the University of Georgia community - including parents, incoming students and alumni seeking assistance.

He will lead the LGBT Resource Center staff in implementing educational awareness and learning programs, as well as provide administrative support and leadership for many campus-wide programming initiatives. He will also assist with advising Lambda Alliance and other student organizations supported by the Resource Center.

Mandala desires to enhance understanding and assist the university in providing a strong commitment to supporting its students.

“I want to help students uncover how they can best use their gifts to serve the world,” Mandala said. “In doing so, we can create the most impactful forms of student engagement a university can offer.”

Mandala brings a wide range of experience in student affairs. He previously worked at Virginia Tech as the advisor for the United Council of Fraternities and Sororities as well as the residential learning coordinator for fraternity and sorority housing. At Texas A&M, he built an impressive record of fundraising and alumni engagement in addition to demonstrating strong administrative, budgetary and supervisory experience.

Nationally, he has contributed to the field with published scholarly research and presentations related to gender identity and expression. Additionally, he previously served on the American College Personnel Association’s standing committee for graduate students and new professionals as website and webinar coordinator, then vice chair for operations, and finally as chair from 2015 to 2017. Since 2016, he has served as a voting member of ACPA’s governing board.

Mandala earned his Master of Science in higher education administration from Florida State University and his Bachelor of Arts in English and theatre studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology from Texas A&M University.