How did you hear about UMR/What brought you to UMR?
Having been part of the University of Minnesota since 1989, I was aware of a health-focused campus in Rochester when it was still a point of discussion on system-wide committees. As a Health Psychologist, I was intrigued. In 2018, seeing the academic leadership opportunity available at UMR provided a way to tie my professional life together: Academic leadership at an innovative health sciences campus of the University of Minnesota, focused on teaching and student success and equity-- UMR, for me, brings everything together.
What is your role at UMR?
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Innovation. More typically referred to as the "Chief Academic Officer," I oversee the academic programs and faculty. More importantly, my role is to help lead and facilitate the innovative work of the faculty and staff on behalf of our students.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
I would devote my time to seeking out and experiencing as wide a variety of music, worldwide, as I possibly could. The downside is that I don't know anyone who would go on that trip with me!
What are some small things that make your day better?
Seeing in real time the changes and growth in our students. These are people who continually amaze me and collectively impact the world around us.
What is one of your favorite things about UMR?
Beyond the obvious (the people), it's the continued desire to make UMR and what we do better and challenging the norms in the process.
What advice do you have for UMR students during their time here?
Continually challenge the limits and eagerly explore the possibilities. Sounds easy, but that means pushing aside the fear of failure, taking risks and becoming comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty. The other is watch out and care for each other-- it's not a competition.