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Eric Nickel

Eric has been the Director of University Recreation at James Madison University since April of 1995. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from SUNY Plattsburgh, and his master’s degree in Sport Management from The Ohio State University. Eric is a life member of NIRSA (Leaders in Collegiate Recreation) and has served two terms on their Board of Directors, and has also served as president of both the NIRSA Foundation and the NIRSA Services Corporation. He is a frequent presenter and speaker on and off campus. Eric is a professional consultant, conducting collegiate recreation program reviews and addressing operational and leadership issues as well as recreation facility design and construction. Eric has served as a faculty member and Chair of the NIRSA School of Recreational Sports Management and is an adjunct faculty member in the Hart School of Hospitality, Recreation and Sport Management at JMU. Eric is married (wife, Jacki) and is the proud father of three boys (Ryan, Kyle, and Tyler).