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Navigating Change

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.


Thankful for the Power of Learning

Greetings All,

As we prepare to spend several days away from work and for many of us re-directing that time towards family and friends over a hearty meal of thanks, I wanted to share a few words around our common purpose – for which we all ought to be thankful.

When we come together in our shared work at the College, it is my hope that our individual passions are fueled by the “Power of Learning” especially because that power unleashed in our students can be truly transforming.

In times of political, social, and cultural uncertainty, the power of learning manifested through able critical thinking allows our students to navigate the uncomfortable state of seeing issues through the eyes of others, reflect accurately on the changing world around them, and act with thoughtful deliberation not on reactionary sounds bites. As Dr. Elder shared with us several months ago – now is the time that “fairminded” critical thinkers are most needed “…as a requirement for interdependent political, economic, and personal survival.”

I am thankful that every day I get to go to work alongside each of you with the aspiration and hope that students will leave PVCC as skillfully equipped critical thinkers and life-long learners. Thank you for all that you do to keep student learning and success at the forefront.

So that we all may finish the semester strong, over the next several days, please leave work at work! I wish you a very joyous and thankful holiday weekend.

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