Greetings PVCC Colleagues,
As I spent time on campus last week visiting with faculty, staff, and students I was reminded of how special PVCC is and the positive impact we have on our community.
On Thursday I had the pleasure, along with a number of faculty and staff, to listen to approximately seventy students discussing our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan specifically around the topics of student success, enhancing civic engagement and our efforts to expand sustainability initiatives. Their comments were insightful, challenging, and complimentary. It was clear to me that these students, even with suggestions for improvement, view PVCC as a “college of first choice” and we should be proud of this.
More recently, on Saturday, I had the opportunity to participate in the continued success of the PVCC Festival of Tales – meeting families, visiting with leadership from Paradise Valley Unified School District, and engaging with student organizations. The faculty led Festival of Tales is perhaps one of our largest single-day community events that integrates service to the community, engages our student leaders and organizations, and promotes literacy and positive social change – all while showcasing PVCC for thousands of potential students.
As we navigate the proposed executive leadership re-structuring of the Maricopa Community Colleges and the opportunities this will bring, we are also are faced with levels of ambiguity and uncertainty. Yes these times can be disruptive. During this time I ask that our default focus is always on teaching, learning, and student success. Please know that your good work is what drives “the power of learning” at PVCC.
This week I look forward to engaging in continued conversations with all of you after Chancellor Harper-Marinick and the District Governing Board completes the second and final special Board meeting. In the meantime, if you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me directly.