A Man Who Thrives on Challenges

Born with short forearms and missing fingers on both his left and right hands, Paul Artale was no stranger to challenges.   Paul spent much of his youth in hospitals undergoing surgeries to improve his hands.  During this time he was blessed to be raised around people who never treated him as “different” or “special” and who never let the word disability enter his vocabulary Those experiences are what gave Paul the attitude and grit he needed to achieve his dreams in life.   As a keynote speaker Paul’s signature story “Hit Hard!” chronicling his journey in football has played to international audiences.   As a championship speaker, Paul has won many awards on the Toastmasters speech competition circuit including earning a spot as a semi-finalist in the 2013 World Championships of Public Speaking where he was among the final 89 out of over 25,000 contestants.


Cut from his high school team, Paul found himself on the field playing defensive end for the University of Toronto six years later.  He found himself playing on fields and stadiums he watched as a child.   At seasons end Paul was given the Bennett Award by his teammates, which was awarded to the player who in the opinion of his teammates had overcome the most obstacles.  Paul stayed on at Toronto as a defensive intern before pursuing his dream of coaching college football in the United States.  Coaching NAIA football for five years, Paul rose to become Special Teams Coordinator at University of Saint Mary and was named as an all-star coach at the NAIA all-star game.

Work-Life Balance

Paul has taken his lessons from football and life and applied them into his other endeavors.  Paul is currently finishing his PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education with a focus on Human Resource Management at Michigan State University.  His focus is on work-life balance and how it improves employee retention, satisfaction, and performance.  As an emerging researcher Paul’s work has twice earned him the Wilson Award at MSU for excellence in human resource research.   Paul’s thoughts on work-life have led to him being published in magazines, interviewed on podcasts, and most recently given a published chapter in the book Beyond the Pride and the Privilege: Stories of Doctoral Students and Work Life Balance.   Paul is an intense advocate for flexible work-life policies that allow employees to tend to their personal needs and still excel in their job performance.

Education and Student Affairs

Paul started out as a high school teacher in an inner city school before transitioning to becoming a student affairs administrator for the past 13 years.   Paul has worked in multiple aspect of college administration including residence life, athletics, career services, academic success, judicial affairs, Fraternity and Sorority Life, graduate student services, advising organizations, and his favorite: leadership development.  He has been highly involved in the Knowledge Community and Commission leadership in NASPA and ACPA respectfully.  Paul believes passionately in the value student affairs brings to a student’s experience.  He would argue with anybody who calls student affairs a support service or a secondary unit.   Student Affairs is part of the formula to student success should be treated as such.