Paul Timmins is the director of career services in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, where he leads a staff that helps students work on their “Three Es:” exploring, gaining experience, and excelling as they implement plans for life after graduation. He has served in his current role since 1999 and has previously worked in both public and private higher education institutions.

Paul is president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) in 2017-2018, and has served on the NCDA Board of Directors since 2011. NCDA is the oldest career development professional association in the United States, and currently has 5,000 members. He is a former president of the Minnesota Career Development Association and has also previously served as the chair of the University of Minnesota's network of career counselors.

He is a recipient of the University of Minnesota’s John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, the Career Educator of the Year Award given by the Big Ten Career Services Consortium, and the Jules Kerlan Outstanding Achievement Award, given by the Minnesota Career Development Association in recognition of his lifetime achievement in the career development field.

He received his bachelor’s degree in speech communication and marketing from the University of St. Thomas (MN) and a master’s in student affairs administration from Indiana University.