Employer: Colorado Technical University
Job Title: University Dean, Health Sciences
I'M IN AND NOW I'm collaborating for overall student success - ensuring everything the student needs to succeed while at CTU and in the workforce is reviewed.
Describe your educational and professional background.
Interestingly, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to college after high school! Fortunately, one of my mentors quickly reminded me that my job opportunities would remain slim without a degree. Grudgingly, I went off to a traditional college for my BSBA. Never really enjoyed it, but continued. Traditional college for MBA. Same experience. Began doctorate at traditional, and decided it wouldn’t work for me or my family. Pursued my PhD in an online environment and found my passion! Worked as a practitioner in IT, management for 15 years before moving into higher education, and continue to consult.
How has CTU been part of your educational and professional path?
I learned a lot of theory in my undergraduate degrees, making it difficult to bring it to the work environment. As a result, our programs are designed to provide applicable learning both from the faculty teaching the course and the assignments in the course. My experience from healthcare mgmt and as a student allows me to bring examples of the family/work life/school balance and excellent time management skills. I have a dedicated passion for success of programs and students, and enjoy being the academic advocate who will make the student experience a positive one. Timing may change, but not goals!
What do you think are the most important aspects of achieving educational goals?
Students at CTU have multiple challenges to overcome, but continue to strive towards their goals. They are willing to reach out to other students who may share the same experiences and learn from the experience of others. Developing and maintaining relationships is what helps keep us moving in the right direction. Most of the students are very willing to share their positive experiences and willing to help us understand when their experience is not as positive, working with us to make the experience better. These students are educational achievers!