Aaron “Chip” Reese, Ed.D. is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student at Columbus State University, where he also serves on the graduate faculty teaching in the Doctorate in Curriculum and Leadership program. A frequent speaker and presenter, both regionally and nationally, he often consults with other college and university behavioral intervention teams (BIT) around the country on best practices for developing, administering, and evaluating effective BITs.
Dr. Reese is a member of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) advisory board, serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention (J-BIT), is a faculty member at The NaBITA Campus Threat Management Institute, and the 2016 President of NaBITA.
He earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, a M.Ed. from Clemson University in Administration and Supervision, and received his B.S. in Education from the University of West Georgia. With nearly 30 years’ experience in higher education, Dr. Reese has spent the last 14 years as dean of students. He has had oversight in the areas of Student Health Services, Disability Services, Campus Police, Residence Life, Student Life, Student Conduct, Campus Recreation, and Enrollment Services, which included Marketing, Recruitment, Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Office of the Registrar. Dr. Reese has also been a finalist in a college presidential search.
Before moving into higher education administration, Dr. Reese was a college baseball coach at the NCAA I, NCAA II, NAIA, and NJCAA levels. He served as chair for the NCAA II, All-American Selection Committee, has over 400 wins as a head coach, and was twice named the College Coach of the Year. This, along with his experience in student conduct and Title IX investigations and training, provides Dr. Reese with a unique perspective for college athletics.
Dr. Reese is a past-chair of the University System of Georgia, Regents Advisory Committee for Student Conduct Officers, a founding member of the Georgia College Suicide Prevention Coalition, and serves on the University System of Georgia’s Public Safety Committee. Additionally, he is chair of Columbus State University’s behavior intervention team and is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Dr. Reese has developed an operations manual for behavior intervention teams which has been adopted by many college and universities across the country and created the De-Escalation Decision Tree (D2T) tool, designed to assist BITs in developing, managing, and implementing team policies and practices.