Meet Brandon Bruan

Brandon Bruan
Associate Director of Admission
Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

How did you become the associate director of admission at Pacific Lutheran?
I started at PLU in July 2010 as an admission counselor and worked my way up the ladder serving as assistant director of admission before finally reaching my current position as associate director of admission. With my current position, I work with several student populations such as first-years, transfers, and international students. 

What made you decide to get into this field?
Like most folks in our profession, I fell into this field. I worked in the private sector right after graduation, but I had the desire to go do something more with my life. I wanted to work at a college/university because I wanted to get into multicultural student affairs/student life and I thought that serving as an admission counselor would get my foot in the door to work in student programing.  Little did I know, the admission bug bit me and now I have been at PLU for eight glorious years.   

What is your favorite part of the job?
While the job stays the same (for the most the part), the students change every year.  I like the challenge and the joy of working with students as they navigate the college search process. 

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC is a great professional development resource that has helped me to connect with many colleagues around the US and given me access to great information that I use in my everyday professional life. I consider many of my colleagues that I have met through NACAC to be great friends and supportive mentors.

How did you get involved with NACAC’s Guiding the Way to Inclusion conference?
I currently serve as the Pacific Northwest ACAC Diversity, Equity and Access Chair. Serving as chair allowed me to attend and participate in GWI. Attending GWI has allowed me to bring back valuable information to our affiliate members and in my office. For GWI 2018, I am serving as a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I like to hit the golf links and hope to not lose too many golf balls!  I also like to experiment around with my charcoal BBQ.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
This is a hard question. As I think about this, I am kind of a mix of Toby Zielger, Josh Lyman, and Leo McGarry -- all characters from The West Wing.  I have the positivity of Josh, the sometimes-dark humor of Toby and the assertiveness of Leo. 

Describe yourself in five words.
Funny, thoughtful, attentive, motivated, committed.


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