Cultivating our people is one of the best investments we can make for a thriving future. To do this means we have to step back from the endless details of day-to-day management and spend time on big picture thinking. We are hearing that there is a desire for leadership training and faculty mentoring. It benefits us greatly to train and support those in leadership positions and to identify and develop future faculty and staff leaders. This has short and long term benefits for the college. We need to have colleagues who are prepared and supported as they help us develop visions and plans for departments, centers and institutes. This is what it means to nurture a community.
Training and mentorship promulgates a strong culture of service back to the university through leadership. It also supports the recruitment and retention of the very best faculty. That, in turn, enables the delivery of a unique and transformational student experience.