My reappointment as dean for another five years was announced last week. The review process was very gratifying. A lot of people said a lot of nice things. I’m pleased that my team has done so much to nourish the soul of the College and improve the experience for our students, staff and faculty. It’s also fun to work with so many smart, accomplished and dedicated people willing to take risks.
While the formal review process brought a lot of affirmation, the best sign of our success in my mind comes through exchanges like the one I had Saturday at the movie theater in Waterford Lakes. As I approached the snack bar, the young man behind the counter looked up hesitantly and said: “You’re the dean of the College of Business aren’t you?” I confirmed who I was and asked him about his major and whether he was taking classes this summer. Turns out I was meeting a management major enrolled in six credit hours during summer B. As he returned with my drink he said: “I want you to know I really enjoy The Exchange. Thanks for creating it.” I smiled and wished him luck with the rest of the semester.
I often joke that I’m the North Korean leader because my picture is everywhere in the College. But I want students to recognize their dean and know what he thinks by reading my blog. I challenge students to not be invisible, so I can’t be invisible either. And, while my schedule doesn’t permit extended conversations with students, it pleases me to no end to have helped build a culture where people are willing to approach me and chat for a minute in the hall, on campus, or at the movie theater.
Really happy to still be dean of the College of Business at UCF. Now, back to work everyone. There is a lot we still need to do.