Dr. Leitzel Encourages Faculty to ‘Trip the Light’ for Their Students
Making his first address to an audience of SFSC employees assembled for convocation, new SFSC president Dr. Tom Leitzel explained his philosophy for the operation and growth of the college.
Using a popular dance video produced by independent videographer Matt Harding, Dr. Leitzel encouraged SFSC faculty and staff to “trip the light” in the minds of the students they will encounter over the 2013-14 academic year.
That process begins with the college’s Leadership Team, which recently changed its name from President’s Council to reflect the philosophy that the college’s success is shaped by a team of administrative leaders and not just the president.
“Our leadership covenant is to uphold SFSC’s seven core values, from the strategic plan through the curriculum and into the community,” Dr. Leitzel said. He added that athletics, cultural programs, and the involvement in service clubs bring additional opportunities for SFSC to promote its programs and develop goodwill within its district.
“Our operational covenant will be to inspire trust, to create the direction for the organization by organizational alignment, to build organizational vitality that always has to do with excellence, and produce extraordinary results. That happens when you abide by your covenants, and it happens also from talented people.”
Dr. Leitzel expects the Florida College System to face numerous challenges in the coming years, as the demand for facilities shifts from on-campus classrooms to virtual online courses and funding shifts from state support to grants and corporate partnerships. Typical college students will likely be lifelong learners seeking additional education as their circumstances change, rather than young people entering college directly out of high school. Terms and semesters will evolve into learning blocks in which students receive certificates of completion that ultimately lead to a college degree. All of these changes will be driven by the demand to create an educated workforce and bolster the economy.
“With committed leadership combined with a bold vision, we can change the world,” Dr. Leitzel said.