Christopher Bilski, director of esports at Michigan State University, was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) — the largest collegiate esports organization in North America. The board is responsible for representing members’ interests while navigating the growth and continued development of the competitive collegiate esports space. Bilski’s term will last three years.
The College of Communication Arts and Sciences welcomed Bilski as the inaugural director of esports at Michigan State University last August. He has been professionally involved in esports since 2016, with time at Grand Valley State University, Muskingum University, and Aquinas College prior to joining MSU.
Michigan State is one of the top schools for game design in North America, earning the No. 9 spot for its undergraduate program and No. 11 for its graduate program in the Princeton Review’s list of Top Game Design Schools for 2023. Under Bilski’s leadership, MSU will begin offering esports scholarships starting with the fall 2023 semester.
“I am honored to have been elected to the NACE Board of Directors,” Bilski said. “NACE is a member-driven institution where every college and university has a voice, and can be a powerful tool in facilitating conversation and developing best practices for collegiate esports moving forward. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board over the next three years to continue to build the collegiate esports ecosystem.”
Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, established in 1955, was the first such college in the country. Today, with more than 3,500 students and more than 56,000 alumni, it’s one of the largest and most respected. With nationally ranked programs and internationally renowned faculty members, MSU ComArtSci prepares students for careers across a broad spectrum of the arts and sciences of communication.
The National Association of Collegiate Esports is a member driven organization that focuses on the positive development of esports programs at the collegiate level, and advocates for members to create varsity programs that include scholarships for its participants and a strong institutional commitment to the sport. NACE is the largest member association of college and university sponsored esports programs that promotes the education and development of students through intercollegiate esports.
— Jessica Mussell