Grant hails from the flat, landlocked state of Illinois. Rarely found indoors, Grant has his B.S and M.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University, where he spent his graduate assistantship creating the Outdoor Pursuits program for WIU’s Campus Recreation program. Grant is a Level 1 kayak instructor with the American Canoe Association, a Wilderness First Responder, and owns two ukuleles. He has worked in Minnesota, Wyoming, and Massachusetts, and has held a cornucopia of jobs, from hauling canoes into Canada to firing a pumpkin cannon. Often seen in a hammock or canoe, Grant joined FGCU in October 2012.