Brian Croft, a double alumnus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has been selected as the new director of SIU’s Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center.

Croft brings many years of experience in the field of outdoor education and recreation to his new role along with a vision for the future of the facility, so it even better serves the diverse populations who visit there, said Jeffery T. Burgin Jr., vice chancellor for student affairs.

“Brian is passionate about experiential education and inclusive outdoor recreation,” Burgin said. “He is a seasoned instructor, camp leader and outdoor experience professional with more than a decade of outdoor programming experience and a deep knowledge of developing outdoor programs. I’m confident that under his leadership, Touch of Nature will grow its mission of enhancing the lives of the countless diverse people who visit for the numerous wonderful programs and experiences provided there. I look forward to working with Brian and the rest of the Touch of Nature staff to grow the premier outdoor experience space.”