It’s Time to Reconnect

On Tuesday, August 17, we held our 2021 Fall Kick-Off Party outdoors at West Campus. This event was created to welcome faculty and staff back to campus and kick off the new academic year. I would like to thank every person that planned and coordinated this fun event. I also wish to thank our Board of Trustees for their support and attendance, as well as every employee who attended, both in person and online. It[…]

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A Look in the Mirror: Results from LCC’s Public Safety Review

When I arrived at LCC last summer, our country was in the height of protests and unrest following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Amidst the conflict and turmoil over equity in policing, I found myself taking the helm of a public institution with a sworn police department.  I knew one of my early tasks was to continue LCC’s tradition of community leadership during this national reckoning with institutionalized racism. I firmly believe the[…]

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Desire Paths: Launching the Envision Green Partnership

Today, Provost Welch and I had the honor to officially launch our Envision Green partnership with Michigan State University. I wish to thank the many LCC team members who worked to bring this agreement into reality. I was asked to provide some remarks during the press conference; they are reprinted below. Our amazing transfer student Sarah Day and I also had a chance to appear on the MSU Today podcast to discuss the partnership. Thank[…]

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The Elephant in the Room

Below are my remarks to the Academic Senate on Friday, February 25, 2021. I was invited to address the Senate after a very productive meeting with Provost Sally Welch, President Del Castillo and Vice President Lee. I decided to transcribe my remarks and share them with the wider college audience and for posterity. Elephants in the Room Address to the LCC Academic Senate 2021-02-25 Thank you so much, President Del Castillo. I’m delighted to be[…]

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There Is a World Elsewhere

Today after meeting with the leadership of our Academic Senate, I found myself thinking back to an address I was invited to give back in October. The Senate had been discussing the issue of re-joining a national student success network. Given recent history at LCC, there was healthy skepticism among some Senators about joining a national network again. I was invited to provide my own perspective as the new college president. My goal was to[…]

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Participatory/Shared Governance

Today is my six month anniversary as President here at Lansing Community College. What a rewarding half year this has been thanks to the great faculty, students and staff here. One topic that has come up consistently in numerous forums during my time on campus has been shared or participatory governance. We have had great dialogue on this subject. In large meetings, I have been asked about my opinions on governance by LCC Trustees in[…]

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Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Racial Healing Week

Dear Colleagues, Today, our college is closed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his tireless work to advance civil rights. Like many of you, I am participating in our Racial Healing Week at LCC. Dr. King’s wise words are often quoted, and this is one quotation that has always stuck with me: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” This ethos guided me into a career[…]

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A New Year: Spring 2021 General Assembly President’s Address

What follows is a slightly modified transcript of my oral remarks at the Winter 2021 General Assembly. For the purpose of consistency, I began with a YouTube transcript and only made minor modifications to present my address in written format. I put a great deal of thought into these remarks, and I want to make sure each member of our campus community receives the same message. A New Year Happy new year everyone. It is[…]

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Burnout and the Importance of Mental Health

I am writing to let our campus community know that I realize there is a lot going on right now, and there has been for some time. The pandemic, the economic crisis facing our country, and the election, all create daily stress and anxiety that can make work life complicated and difficult. Events in the news and incidents of racial injustice cause further stress, fatigue, and trauma. Life is hard for many people right now. Since becoming[…]

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An Invitation to Teach Me Something

As October draws to a close, I want to thank all the faculty and staff in our campus community for welcoming me to LCC. My first three months here have been incredibly rewarding, and I am so appreciative to everyone who has reached out to connect. Due to the pandemic, my face-to-face interactions have been limited, but I have enjoyed my time on WebEx, MS Teams, and Zoom with so many campus and community members.[…]

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