Marie Wisner

Executive Director


Appointed by and reporting to the ACSD President, the executive director is a non-voting member who provides administrative support to the Executive Committee of Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD).

Responsibilities include planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the day to day operations of the organization in accordance with the Constitution and the policies and procedures established by the membership and the executive committee. Primary responsibilities include assuring that ACSD objectives and goals are met and member needs are addressed. This position will also provide input and oversight to the execution of the budget as approved by the executive committee.


Associate Dean for Calling and Career
Montreat College, Montreat, NC

  • Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership—Organizational Leadership, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa California
  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Bethel University, St. Paul MN
  • B.A. in English Literature and Writing, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
ACSD Involvement, Positions and Presentations:
  • Member since 1994—present
  • National Conference Attendance 1994—present
  • Positions
    • Executive Committee Membership Chair, 2009-2014
    • ACSD Regional Director, 2005-2007
    • ACSD Regional Planning Team, 2000-2011
  • Presentations
    • ACSD Regional Student Leadership Conference 2010—Conflict Management Styles
    • Co-presenter, ACSD National Conference, 2008—Is there a doctoral program in your future?
    • ACSD Regional Student Leadership Conference, 2008—What’s hope got to do with it? Results and implications of research on student leadership effectiveness.
    • Co-presenter, ACSD National Conference, 2004—Preparing for the journey: Developing student interest in the student affairs profession
    • Related: Institute on College Student Values, 2008—Increasing Student Leadership Effectiveness through the Development of Hope and Other Qualities of Psychological Capital
Goals for the Position:
  • To advance the mission of ACSD by supporting the executive committee and meeting the needs of the membership
  • To ensure the alignment of day to day operations of the organization with policies and procedures established by the membership and the executive committee.
Vision for ACSD:

My vision for ACSD is that it would continue its strong mission of promoting excellence in the professional practice of student development through the integration of Biblical principles, student development theory, and collaboration among members. My hope is that ACSD can continue to serve its members through the exchange of ideas and practices, contribution to student development research literature, encouragement of spiritual growth, development of professional relationships, growth in professional skills, and provision of placement services. In addition, I envision ACSD as an organization that seeks to promote college student leader interest in the field of student development.