Welcome to the Director Download, powered by Campus Rec Magazine.
It’s time to go behind the curtain of the director role and have honest discussions with leaders in the campus recreation industry.
In this episode, Grady Sheffield, the director of campus recreation at Towson University and the senior advisor to the Campus Rec Mastermind Groups, gives you the listener real and authentic conversation between himself and special guest, Steven Trotter, the director of well-being at East Carolina University (ECU) and the founder of Globetrotter Wellness Solutions.
His story starts as he set out to study pharmacy in college, but Trotter soon discovered campus rec along the way. As he fell in love with teaching fitness classes — and gained more and more responsibility — Trotter soon found himself deep in the industry. However, burnout eventually hit.
As such, he shares about the twists and turns his life took to get him to where he is today — heading up well-being at ECU’s forward-thinking campus while running his own consulting company.
And in it all, his goal is to equip people with the tools so they too can be wildly successfully.
Show Notes from the Conversation with Steven Trotter
- Who Steven Trotter is not to be confused with — hint, it has to do with Niagara Falls.
- The first green flag that led Trotter to reconsider studying pharmacy.
- Experiences throughout the industry, from opening the building to being on an ACE advisory board, have made Trotter a well-rounded professional.
- Listen to the revelation Trotter had on a New Year’s Day morning at 15:08.
- When doubt would come as Trotter’s life changed, he would ask himself this question. Find out at 20:06.
- Read the first article Trotter wrote for Campus Rec Magazine here. And don’t miss his upcoming textbook!
- Why Trotter doesn’t think you should fall in love with your job. Listen to it at 30:10.
- The impact a hurricane had on Trotter and his career.
- Behind the mission of Globe Trotter Wellness and the lab in which he proves things work.
- What Trotter’s well-being role at ECU looks like — it resembles a spiderweb.
- Focusing on relationships has helped integrate the well-being approach into ECU’s culture and campus.
- The impact Trotter’s role has had on ECU after coming out of the pandemic.
- What’s next for the industry in terms of well-being? Find out at 56:16.