College was the thing that changed the trajectory of my life. I floundered after high school for 7 years. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what I wanted to become. I worked a variety of jobs, tried college, but did not thrive.
I decided to apply to a private school in southern California and was accepted. For me, the next 4 years defined the rest of my life. I loved school, I did well academically, but more than anything I felt like I belonged and that I could excel.
I met a girl my senior year who became my wife and thirty years later we are still very much in love. She has taught me much about life and love and living that I never knew. Our family and home is a place of peace and grace largely because of the way she cares for all of us.
After my bachelor’s degree, I went on and completed my master’s degree and eventually my doctorate. I have spent my entire professional life in higher education. My first job out of college was managing the college bookstore. I moved from that position into a director position in student housing and from there to the director of financial aid. I have spent the last 15 years of my career in the president’s chair and am grateful for all of the experiences that it took to get me here.