1. Please provide a brief biography that explains your educational and professional background.
BS - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1962 - Horticulture
MS - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1962 - Horticulture/Landscape Architecture
Additional Studies - Post Graduate, Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma, UTD, and ETSU
Assistant County Agent, Oklahoma and Arkansas 1962-1968; Assistant Superintendent Grounds, OU and Superintendent of Grounds, OSU 1969-1973; Richland College Horticulture Instructor and Chair; Eastfield Automotive and Streetrod program; also own Sachse Rod Shop a custom street rod and classic car build and restoration shop.
2. What is the role of the elected Board of Trustees from your perspective? How does that role relate to your individual input as an elected trustee? How would you describe the efforts that will be necessary to be effective in your role – and what has prepared you to be successful in that role?
The role of the Board of Trustees is so be a good steward of both the fiscal and physical resources of the district as well as provide guidance to the total educational needs of our community. As an elected trustee, it would be my responsibility to represent voters, taxpayers, property owners, and students to ensure DCCCD is meeting the educational goals of the community. In my 40+ years of experience as a faculty member, sponsor of student organizations, and program development in the district, I have gained much insight into meeting the needs of the DCCCD and the community.
3. What is the role of the DCCCD in the educational marketplace in Dallas County? What is your agenda to continue to improve the quality and availability of educational programs to the citizens of Dallas County?
As the District changed its designation from Junior College to Community College, a committment was established to address all the levels of education available to Dallas County residents. Academics, technology, continuing education, adult education, and personal growth and development are all inclusive to the needs of the district in meeting the demands of an ever-changing workforce. As the direction of the community evolves, we should be ready to offer quality programs to meet those needs. Student success should not be measured only by the degree or certificate they acquire; but must also include workplace readiness.
4. If elected, how will you advocate for DCCCD students, employees, and colleges, in your dealings with business, the community, other public servants, and voters?
Students have always been my primary focus as a teacher with the district. Student success should be the main goal and objective for the resources of the district. This obviously requires community support and involvement. As a faculty member, I have served on several committees throughout my years of serve to DCCCD; also, my student have won awards in national events while competing against graduate level students. I have also worked with the 4-year colleges to ensure the transferability of the DCCCD students. As a co-op instructor, I have worked with the business community in place students on the job where they will gain employability skills. My work in the community involves serving on committees and boards for the City of Sachse and I am an active member of the Sachse Chamber.
5. What do you see as the biggest assets, challenges, and opportunities, in the DCCCD? How will you strengthen those assets to meet the challenges and opportunities we face? What particular skills and connections do you bring that can benefit the Board as a whole, and by extension the DCCCD?
The biggest challenge I see is realizing and recognizing the true difference between wants and needs. Our biggest asset will be to continue offering quality programs to meet the needs of our diverse community in a timely, cost-effective manner. My past record in Program Development and success in the business community and the DCCCD, identifies my connections and abilities to bring support.