Nathan C. “Camp” Best is currently an Academic Mentor to a cohort of freshman students each year and teaches the course EDHE 105 – First Year Experience every fall to entering freshmen at Ole Miss. Camp is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Mississippi in 2012. He served for one year as the Student Advocate in the Division of Student Affairs and then worked for two years as a full-time counselor at the University Counseling Center prior to becoming an Academic Mentor in the College of Liberal Arts.

Camp loves teaching and mentoring and is keenly interested in meditation, mindfulness and other contemplative practices and has received extensive training in mindfulness-based practices from the Oasis Institute/Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. He recently received his certification as a teacher of Koru Mindfulness for emerging adults and college students from Duke University’s Center for Koru Mindfulness.

Camp is a “sometimes” artist and loves exploring his own creative bent and that of his students and clients. He loves everything about Ole Miss sports and is also the proud father of two adult children, Nathan and Suzanna, both Ole Miss graduates, and is known as “Pops” for his three grandchildren, Campbell, Yates, and Savannah, who live with their parents in Madison, Mississippi. He volunteers every summer to teach mindfulness to the local school children who are part of the Horizons National Program on campus and has served for seven years as a commissioner on the Neighborhood Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Oxford.