Residence Hall Director

Alex Crist

M.A., Higher Education and Student Development, Taylor University
B.A., Psychology, Butler University


What's your favorite part about serving in the HRC?

One of the most incredible parts of the HRC community is the thoughtfulness of those who live here. Students care deeply about one another and about the HRC, demonstrated through participation in traditions such as the Formation Series Lectures, the Tri-College Tournament, and service initiatives. Furthermore, members of the community value deep and critical thinking more than mere knowledge. In my role, I have the opportunity see how the community’s commitment to learning results in students reflecting on the big questions of life, building diverse friendships, and learning how to advocate for themselves.


Tell us about your life beyond the HRC.

Outside of the HRC, you can most likely find me at a local coffee shop drinking iced coffee with a good book or a good friend. I enjoy playing frisbee golf and am involved in CrossFit. I also love finding new music to listen to and going to concerts in the area. I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones, Survivor, and the Office. My entire family lives in Indiana, so I try to make a few trips home throughout the year to visit them and my cat, Wesley.


Which works or authors have influenced your thinking on calling & community?

Frederick Buechner captured vocational calling by writing, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Living in a residential community during college is the perfect time to reflect on and explore these two intersecting ideas. Authors who have significantly influenced my idea of calling include Parker Palmer, Os Guinness, Steven Garber, and Drew Moser. When I think about community, I immediately think of Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer’s brief writing on community while living and teaching at an underground seminary in Nazi Germany beautifully translates to modern-day communities.


The role of Residence Hall Director:

The Residence Hall Director is a full-time master's level professional who lives in the HRC. He supervises the Community Leaders and works to create an environment that promotes academic success, physical safety, and authentic community within the HRC. The RHD's office can be found the Alexander Hall lobby.