Characteristics and philosophy expected of the next Rose State president

Dennis Gosnell

Assignment Editor

Characteristics and philosophy expected of the next Rose State president

During the summer Dr. Terry Britton, president Rose State College, announced his retirement, and with this announcement came the need for the Board of Regents to find his replacement.

On Aug. 14, a town hall meeting was held between the Board of Regents and those of the RSC community. Faculty and staff stood up and gave the Board of Regents their perspectives and wishes on the type of personality, type of character, and type of philosophy they would like to see in the next president.

Much was said in the way of support for the needs of the students by the faculty and staff who presented ideas concerning the needs of the students to the Board of Regents.

Following are concerns set forth during the meeting.

  • Need a president with a short-term plan to renovate appearance of the campus. Students judge a school not only by its academic standing but also by its appearance and level of maintenance.
  • Need a president who will be supportive of those who need a remedial education, and who will see the importance of catering to their unique needs.
  • Need a president that recognizes the uniqueness of Rose State students and community college students.  It would be good to see a president who teaches a class and who is in touch with the students.
  • Need a president that instills a sense of pride in the RSC community, gives the students better facilities, and who focuses on best practices in which the level of academics at RSC becomes rich.
  • Need a president who promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The development of national and international science and technology requires students to have skills in STEM; RSC needs to meet these needs and have the technology and facilities needed to give students the skills required in the current and future world of science and technology.

Other faculty and staff talked about the need for a president who understands the need for external relations with not only the community but also those in the State legislature.  The next president needs to be up to date on current education legislation and be able to work with state legislatures to create a marked difference in student’s education.

It was the wish of some of the faculty and staff to have a president with an academic background as well as an administrative background. The president represents not only the administration of the college, but all areas, including the faculty, adjunct professors, and staff.

Adjunct professors are crucial to the everyday workings of the college. Without them, the number of courses offered would be limited to the number professors on payroll. The next president should recognize and promote their role in the continuing growth of the college’s various academic programs.

At the end of the town hall meeting Joe Cole, chairman of the Board of Regents told the faculty and staff that they would try to find the college a president that had the personality and character they described.

Dr. Britton’s convocation speech addresses faculty concerns

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

Dr. Britton’s convocation speech addresses faculty concerns

08172012 12:46 p.m.

As this new school year starts, and new students wander throughout the campus, one person’s long career will come to an end.  The beginning of this semester marks the 40th year of Dr. Terry Britton’s educational career. It however, will also be his last.


When is the right time to retire?

“When a friend asked when I’d know it was time to retire I said, ‘One of these days, I will arrive at the campus, step out of the truck, and know the time has come for me to retire,’” Britton said during his bi-annual convocation address to the faculty.

In 2006, Britton became the president of Rose State College, and has held that position for the last six years.  Like any establishment the college has seen its ups and downs, its trials and tribulations, seen many students go on to graduate and obtain careers in their field of study.


Life is full of good and bad

For good or bad, Britton has led our school through difficult times and helped to enable the school to keep its head above water. “It’s a mixed bag, how well we’ve done these last six years,” he said.

During Dr. Britton’s address, he talked about issues the school is facing, and also points of concern the faculty had expressed in the first ever Leadership Assessment Survey. Some of these concerns were focused on faculty employment issues, enrollment issues, technical issues, and degree program issues.


Reaching out to the community through communication

He also spoke on ways in which to utilize the Communications Center. “Anyone who has been to the communications center on weekends in the spring knows that six months out of the year it is filled with dancers,” Britton said. The Communications Center is known throughout the community for its dance recitals. There is however, a lot more going on in the building than just dance.

Article will be updated as more information is gathered.



August 20, 2012, when students return for the first day of classes, is the most exciting day of the year for the faculty and staff at Rose State College.  Teaching and learning is our primary focus; students are our primary concern.  The noise, the hubbub, the excitement permeate the campus.  Many of you may be confused about where to go and what to do.  If so, stop and ask any staff member—faculty, administrator, clerk, receptionist—and you will get assistance.  We pride ourselves on friendly service and good information.

As many already know, I am retiring at the end of this academic year; thus, I have my last chance to give advice to students.  The rules are simple: put classroom learning on your list each day as the first priority and mark it off at the end of each day as completed.  Last week I told the leadership students (who had to report a week early) that no one was more surprised than I when I succeeded in my first semester.  As a first member of my family to become a college student, I was not sure what to expect.  Many of you are in the same situation and have the same trepidation.  The secret I discovered for my success is that I did not get behind schedule in any class.  I attended every day, I took notes, I read the assignments, and I asked for clarification when in doubt.  Try the method; it works!

You have available excellent faculty, advisors, counselors, and administrators, who have your best interests at heart.  Your best efforts plus their best efforts add up to success.  Be responsible to the rules of the classroom; pay attention to college communications about financial aid; avail yourselves of the free tutoring in the Learning Resource Center and the Math Lab.  Take joy in learning.  Your years in higher education should be some of the best you will ever experience.

My best wishes for your success,

Terry Britton, President

Beautifying the campus

By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief

On Jan. 19, Dr. Terry Britton, president of Rose State College, gave a convocation address to faculty and staff in the Special Training and Education Center. His remarks began by welcoming everyone to a new year and a new semester. It was so well attended that only standing room was available for latecomers.

Britton talked about how the college began the year with a one percent increase in graduation rate.  Those statistics apply only to first-time full-time students who will graduate within three years. Britton wanted to focus, not only on first-time students, but all students as a whole.

Measure access as well as success

He emphasized the convenient “open door” policy on campus, enabling virtually anyone who wants a college education to pursue it. “How much do we value access?” Britton said, “Measure access as well as success.”

He asked what could be done to improve conditions on campus. “Do we need to build more buildings?” Britton said, “We are going to take a brand new look at the campus master plan. That involves everything from building to repairs.” A decline in recent enrollment numbers did not warrant the construction of new buildings.

Eye for efficiency

A new plan that has been adopted involves building up the campus.  “We do not have adequate bathrooms,” Britton said.  When the campus was built, it was done with an eye for efficiency. Buildings were made to maximize classroom space.  This resulted in narrow hallways.

After touring other colleges, Britton shared his observations. One goal this year is to emulate the open lounge space available on other campuses. “Our students need naps,” Britton said, “They need a place to take breaks.”

Investing in art

One other avenue in which to beautify the campus is by investing in art. Britton wants to follow the example of OCCC, which purchases $1,000 worth of art annually.  This art is then kept in an ever-increasing collection. “We need to think about something like that,” Britton said.

This year, one of the main focuses will be to make the campus a more aesthetically pleasing learning environment. This will require the addition of inspirational art and more lounge space for study or relaxation.

Dr. Terry Britton, president of Rose State College, addresses faculty and staff with his plans for the new year. Emphasis was placed on the beautification of the campus. Photo by: Tracie Bullen

Dr. Terry Britton, president of Rose State College, addresses faculty and staff with his plans for the new year. Emphasis was placed on the beautification of the campus. Photo by: Tracie Bullen


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