Bio Statement for Speeches and Presentations:
Rick Olshak is the Director of Title IX Compliance for The Texas A&M University System, based in College Station, Texas. Previously, Rick worked in student conduct and conflict resolution at Georgetown University and at the State University of New York College at Cortland, prior to serving as the director of the student conduct and conflict resolution program at Illinois State University, where he was later promoted to Associate Dean of Students.
Professionally, Rick is a member of the advisory board for the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA). Rick also serves as the chair of the conflict resolution practice group for the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM-CR), and is an affiliated consultant with NCHERM on Title IX related matters. Rick is a past president of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). Rick has spent much of his career advocating for the peaceful resolution of conflicts, and frequently provides training to mediators all around the United States, as well as serving as a mediator in the higher education setting and in the community and court system. He is the author of Mastering Mediation: A Guide for Training Mediators in a College or University Setting. Rick is currently working with other colleagues to develop new conflict resolution and mediation training materials, which will be completed by the fall of 2018.
Rick’s Professional History:
1990 to 1992 – Georgetown University, Coordinator for Student Judicial Services, Office of Student Conduct
1993 to 1995 – State University of New York College at Cortland, Assistant Director for Judicial Programs, Office of Residential Programs
1996 to 2005 – Illinois State University, Director, Student Dispute Resolution Services
2004 to 2016 – Illinois State University, Associate Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office
2016 to present – The Texas A&M University System, Director of Title IX Compliance, System Ethics and Compliance Office, Office of General Counsel