I have been blessed to be part of the La Verne family for almost 20 years. In 1995, I brought with me 24 years of corporate sales and marketing experience with companies such as General Electric and Johnson & Johnson to this new career, finishing my Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate School in early 1997. My mission/vision is “to make a contribution.” I must always keep in mind my primary responsibility to give our students more than the time and money reflected in the price of admission. I believe education is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, I must guard this precious opportunity and never do anything to lessen its value to our students.
I Believe In
- Personal Responsibility
We all have the choice of how to respond to outside events of our lives, and therefore, we must take 100 percent responsibility for those choices
There is nothing more important than “doing the right thing” when no one is watching. Students are often tempted to take the easy road. That will not get them to where they want to be, and they must resist the temptation.
The vast majority of my jobs have come from networking and so will those of our students.
We are more alike than we are different. We rejoice in our community and diversity, never taking it for granted.
- The United States of America
As a second-generation American, I never forget the blessings of being an American citizen. My responsibility is to honor that gift.
- Lifelong Learning
Eighty percent of the jobs our students will have in their lives have not yet been invented.
- The Future of Our Students
My last book, The 3 Secrets of Success after the Diploma: Integrity, Persistence and Discipline was dedicated to my students, who challenge and inspire me every day. Even those who worry about grades, assignments, the class they failed — will all be OK. I promise them that, and I promise their parents that. Students need the support to make mistakes and come to their own conclusions. I hope I am there for them when they need me.