Characteristics and philosophy expected of the next Rose State president


Dennis Gosnell

Assignment Editor

Characteristics and philosophy expected of the next Rose State president

During the summer Dr. Terry Britton, president Rose State College, announced his retirement, and with this announcement came the need for the Board of Regents to find his replacement.

On Aug. 14, a town hall meeting was held between the Board of Regents and those of the RSC community. Faculty and staff stood up and gave the Board of Regents their perspectives and wishes on the type of personality, type of character, and type of philosophy they would like to see in the next president.

Much was said in the way of support for the needs of the students by the faculty and staff who presented ideas concerning the needs of the students to the Board of Regents.

Following are concerns set forth during the meeting.

  • Need a president with a short-term plan to renovate appearance of the campus. Students judge a school not only by its academic standing but also by its appearance and level of maintenance.
  • Need a president who will be supportive of those who need a remedial education, and who will see the importance of catering to their unique needs.
  • Need a president that recognizes the uniqueness of Rose State students and community college students.  It would be good to see a president who teaches a class and who is in touch with the students.
  • Need a president that instills a sense of pride in the RSC community, gives the students better facilities, and who focuses on best practices in which the level of academics at RSC becomes rich.
  • Need a president who promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The development of national and international science and technology requires students to have skills in STEM; RSC needs to meet these needs and have the technology and facilities needed to give students the skills required in the current and future world of science and technology.

Other faculty and staff talked about the need for a president who understands the need for external relations with not only the community but also those in the State legislature.  The next president needs to be up to date on current education legislation and be able to work with state legislatures to create a marked difference in student’s education.

It was the wish of some of the faculty and staff to have a president with an academic background as well as an administrative background. The president represents not only the administration of the college, but all areas, including the faculty, adjunct professors, and staff.

Adjunct professors are crucial to the everyday workings of the college. Without them, the number of courses offered would be limited to the number professors on payroll. The next president should recognize and promote their role in the continuing growth of the college’s various academic programs.

At the end of the town hall meeting Joe Cole, chairman of the Board of Regents told the faculty and staff that they would try to find the college a president that had the personality and character they described.

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