As a leader, my style can best be described as a futurist who enjoys motivating and developing people. My passion is leading organizations to grow and prosper through attracting new talent, building new organizational models, building new degree programs, and fostering a culture of growth and success. My decision-making style is engaging and decisive to provide answers, feedback, and direction to executives to enhance their speed of decision-making and ability to implement change.
As a leader I enjoy motivating and encouraging professionals to grow and develop to reach new levels of personal and professional success. The two key biblical concepts that have shaped my leadership style are faith and humility. My worldview is both positive and optimistic, and I do enjoy taking challenges and turning them into opportunities.
In my background and experience in both public and private higher education, my primary role has been to grow institutions through the development of new programs (i.e., football, marching band, Ph.D. in leadership, master’s in youth ministry, etc.), new marketing strategies and advertising campaigns, and new recruitment models. Most of my experience has been at a vice president, senior vice president, provost, or executive vice president level with a primary focus on expanding programs and increasing enrollment for both undergraduate and graduate programs. I have been fortunate to have experiences in starting, consolidating, or expanding enrollment management and marketing functions at three universities. In my provost and executive leadership roles, I have enjoyed running the day-to-day operations of the university including Academics, Athletics, Business, Human Resources, Operations, Student Life, Enrollment Management and Marketing, Christian Ministries, and Legal Services. In addition, my consulting work has given me opportunities to advise public and private universities as well as private schools for continuing education and enrollment management and marketing.
Having a marketing orientation, I realize how important it is to manage the exchange relationship between various constituencies. Therefore, I deliberately build relationships and partnerships with outside organizations, such as corporations, community economic development organizations, research firms, area universities, schools, and churches.
There are probably three words that drive my approach to leadership: vision, creativity, and motivation. Developing vision not only provides a framework for establishing strategic goals and objectives, it also encourages hope and optimism about the future and actually enables a campus community to have ownership in building its own destiny. Without vision we easily get marred in the details and lose sight of the big wins that we could achieve. Having a vibrant vision encourages excitement and fuels high levels of involvement and employee satisfaction. It has been my desire to foster innovation and creative approaches to finding solutions to complex problems. Creative exploration is best achieved in small groups, which encourages collaborative involvement that often leads to not only unexpected, but good solutions. Because of my background in academic program development and enrollment management and marketing, I have always enjoyed motivating professionals to new levels of achievement and professional growth.
Realizing how important mentoring relationships are I have initiated coaching/mentoring relationships with aspiring leaders. Since I have been fortunate to benefit from a rich and successful experience in higher education, I have been deliberate to give back and invest in mid-level leaders who exhibit great potential. At the beginning of each day, it is my desire to have a positive impact on those around me and to add value to at least one person in the course of my work journey that day.