My philosophy centers around building relationships with all stakeholders, so not just students but their families and the communities that they live in. Showing them that we see them, they matter and we care about them.
It’s amazing to think about how fast the region has grown, and I’m greatly looking forward to what will come in these next five years and how the region will continue to transform and grow.
I worked for newspapers in St. Petersburg for 37 years, and this was the most rewarding aspect of my career. It is a pretty high honor, the highest award the mayor can give to a citizen. And I’m very proud of it.
I still don’t know that I was all that special. I’m just thankful that somebody else was able to benefit from the things I did.
It was the greatest feeling in the world. My mom is extremely proud of that degree.
I found the St. Petersburg campus pretty. It was right on the water; it wasn't just a land-based school. The thing I loved about it is that it had a smaller number of students, so I felt like I was more one-on-one with my professors, rather than going to a class that had 300 kids in it.