Thomas Stafford, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, describes how he encouraged administrators to ensure they always put students first when implementing policies and programs. Dr. Stafford also describes his responsibilities as vice chancellor.
Well the way I like to describe this job-. People say what do you do and I say I'm the vice chancellor
and they say well what does that mean? [Laughs] Most people don't have any idea.
If you look at the division of student affairs
you will find a lot of different departments.
You've got Army ROTC and you've got music and you've got the student health center and then you've got Greek life, and I could go on and on.
My point is that there are a lot of different departments
in the division and they do different things
but in the final analysis they are all doing the same thing,
and that is they are providing either a program or a service
that is designed to have a significant impact on the education and the development of our students,
and that's why I use this,
"Students First," because that applies to everybody in the division.
It doesn't matter what department you're in or what job you have,
I want everybody to always think about whether or not what they're doing is going to have a strong positive impact on our students.
So my job, the one word I would use to describe my job,
My job is to provide the leadership for all these people who are in all of these departments and
to support them and provide the vision
that I want them to follow, and my vision is the one I just showed you on my cup, "Students First,"
and the other important value that I've emphasized has been the one on diversity that I mentioned earlier.
I want everybody to work hard to create that environment that welcomes everybody regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or handicap, or disability.
So the role of a leader is to provide a vision,
to ensure that a good team of people are in place,
and to support that team and motivate that team and recognize them when they've done a great job.