On the surface, a 28 year veteran of the armed forces may appear to clash with an arts college. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a perfect match. Mikel Gregory recently became the Campus Director at BEAU after spending 13 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to that, Mikel was an enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force for 15 years. He received an undergrad degree in elementary education, a Master’s Degree in Education and is currently finishing his MBA.
During his stint as an officer, Mikel was a Campus Director for the Air Force in Dover, Del., and moved to Utah just a few years ago to become an ROTC instructor at BYU. His time in education is providing a seamless transition at BEAU.
“There’s definitely more similarities than differences,” says Gregory. “The biggest similarity I see is that we provide a service to help people achieve their goals…it’s the same thing we tried to do in the ROTC and the military. We have a team of us trying to make the best education possible for our students.”
This self-proclaimed ‘comic book nerd’ is also looking forward to being more involved with the local arts scene. “The community events—whether it is the tattoo convention, battle of the bands or Comic Con—I’m looking forward to being around the creative minds,” added Gregory. “To work with these creative instructors or outside groups…it’s such a neat thing to do.”
Although he’s just starting out, Mikel has high hopes for the university.
“We definitely want to grow the campus, the more people that you have, the more ideas you have and it becomes a more rich experience,” remarks Gregory. “I want BEAU to have name recognition. If you want an entertainment arts degree, you’ll know where to go.”