Change is Hard
Published on Nov 30, 2018
I started teaching adult education and basic skills 44 years ago and have loved the opportunities I have had to serve students in four colleges and in a number of different positions. For the last 17 years, I have been a community college president. My 11 years at BCTC have been the pinnacle of my career, and I am sincerely grateful for the time I have had here to do good work with our faculty, staff, and students.
Change is coming to me and to BCTC. Those who are as lucky as I am will get to retire someday. My day is coming soon - in just a month.
There are many models of change in organizations and much advice to individuals who are moving into a different life phase. Even positive change is stressful. Change strategies suggest planning for it, managing through it, informing people of what to expect so they don’t fill an information vacuum with disaster talk, creating safety so that people can work out their own way of coping, and celebrating the positive aspects and the successful change.
At BCTC, we have been able to make so much progress on a number of fronts with a shared vision for the college we want to create. We have insisted on inclusion and respect for all and lowered barriers to education where we could. We have agreed that student support and academic success is the goal for all of our efforts. We have opened campuses and created rich learning environments. We have implemented many initiatives that moved students through the enrollment pipeline faster so they are able to reach their career goals. We have helped businesses develop a workforce to aid their success and provide services and products across the Bluegrass Region.
I have been blessed to be a part of these efforts and this creative and committed educational community. I am grateful to have seen the passage of more than 100,000 students through BCTC. They are working in regional businesses, they are raising families, and they are contributing to communities.
I thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the college and students, and I remain grateful and humbled by the hard work of students, faculty, and staff. I feel greatly privileged to have spent my best years at BCTC.