Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, FNSCA
It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I begin my tenure as your 16th President of the NSCA. I want to thank and acknowledge the outstanding work that Dr. Travis Triplett and the Board have done in the past and look forward to working to continue to develop a strategic vision for the future.
Your Board of Directors for this upcoming year includes Mr. Robert Alejo serving as Vice President and Dr. Helen Binkley serving as Secretary/Treasurer. Continuing members include Ms. Kacie Wallace, Mr. Darnell Clark, Dr. Sally Paulson and Dr. Paul Comfort. The 2021 newly elected members are Dr. Brandon Roberts and Mr. Robert Linkul.
I want to take a moment to reinforce my commitment to the NSCA and to the membership it serves. Prior to the National Conference, the NSCA held a strategic planning session with volunteer and staff leadership. We met to discuss our strengths, opportunities as well as key issues affecting the organization and make an actionable vision for the future. Key strategic areas included Professional Development, Community, Advocacy, and Communication.
From the results of Strategic Planning, over the next couple of years the NSCA will work on developing initiatives within these four strategic areas. For example, under the Professional Development strategy, we will focus on mentorship, mental health, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Community will include finding ways to increase student involvement, expanding networking opportunities, and improving international engagement. Advocacy will encompass the increased promotion of the profession and building relationships with key organizations with compatible interests. Finally, under Communication, the NSCA will continue to search out ways to enhance, build, and increase ease of use for constituents to access industry advancements and the latest evidence-based educational information. These are just a few examples of the initiatives that we developed, and I want to personally thank everyone who contributed to the process.
As we look to the future, there are amazing things on the horizon for the NSCA. The NSCA’s volunteer and staff leadership will continue to work together to drive the NSCA forward on a path of success. More high-quality, educational content is being added to NSCA TV daily. We are on track to host the first Certified Performance and Sport Scientist (CPSS) exams this year. Virtual events continue to allow constituents across the world to connect to the latest in industry advancements, and we continue our path to programmatic accreditation. I am honored to be a part of all the students, coaches, trainers, researchers, educators, and fitness professionals who continually make the NSCA community such an exceptional association.