Chad Garland in front of the Memorial Union

Photo by Christopher Gannon.


Chad Garland began serving as director of the Memorial Union (MU) on April 15. With ISU Dining and the residence department, the MU makes up the campus life unit in the division of student affairs.

Garland will provide strategic oversight and oversee operations and student programming. The facility is undergoing its second renovation project in four years to upgrade office, programming and lounge spaces for students and student service units.

Garland joins the MU staff from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus, where he had led the University Center since 2015.

He brings to Iowa State nearly 25 years of experience in higher education, including significant time in various areas of campus life. Prior to Colorado, he served as associate director of the student center at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (2013-15) and as University Center manager and assistant director of conference services at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant (2011-13). Other roles at Central Michigan included residence hall director and assistant director of the office of Greek life and student organizations.

Garland completed a bachelor's degree in zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, and a master's degree in college student affairs leadership from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. He has completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in higher, adult and lifelong education at Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Garland's office is in 3644 Memorial Union. He can be reached at 515-294-0988 or garlandc@iastate.edu.