I am by now the not-so-new president of St. Charles Community College. In a short time I have learned to love this college and its people as well as the St. Charles/St. Louis area and all that it has to offer.
I have five daughters ranging in age from 9 years to 32, two of them living here in St. Charles with me and my wife Annie. Two dogs, two cats, and a bunny rabbit round out the household. I enjoy reading, cycling, walking the dogs, and spending time with my family.
It strikes me lately as I watch young Charlie attempt to 'encourage' our Cocker Spaniel Mocha - Mocha Joe Cocker in full - toward a walk that things run a lot more smoothly when everyone is pulling in the same direction. The same holds for leadership in general, of course. When we work together to develop shared goals and a shared vision for our future the need for pulling and tugging, the short leash - or leashes at all - diminishes and disappears.
Shortly after the first of the year I will be announcing a new planning initiative that will seek to engage us all in long term planning for the future of the college. This will not be a replacement of our current planning process, but an addition to that process. As I have said many times in my first weeks with you, we are all beneficiaries of the great success of the first 25 years of leadership and growth here and we are poised at the edge of the next 25 years in the life of St. Charles Community College. It is time for all of us to engage in renewed long term planning of that bright future.
I hope your New year is equally bright and look forward to our work together in 2012.