Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Inside the daily life of College President Dr. Vurdien

So many students are unaware of the daily tasks of our college President Dr. Rajen Vurdien. A majority of students may not even know who he is. As our college President Dr. Vurdien is responsible for the overall operations of the college and to ensure his staff is performing at a high standard to ensure students are first. Just as our mission statement says, “We prepare students to be successful learners.” As well as ensuring campus personnel, Vice Presidents, deans, and managers are all doing their part to fulfill our mission statement and the following goals for 2013-2015.

Goal 1:  Fullerton College will promote student success.
Goal 2:  Fullerton College will reduce the achievement gap.
Goal 3:  Fullerton College will strengthen connections with the community.

Now Dr. Vurdien does have a unique personality, sense of humor and fun side to him. Having had the opportunity to get to know him the past two years and work in the same office with him for the past several months; he is a very interesting person. Dr. Vurdien is a very open and enjoys sharing his stories with everyone, especially when he recently turned 60. Everyone knew about his birthday, although he didn’t quite get the theme of all black/over the hill, asking us why we dressed as if we were going to a funeral.

Then there is the side that few see outside the office. A President with a proud sense of accomplishments, such as being able to tango when he was on vacation in Argentina over the winter break and was able to take a picture with the dancers; of course we’ve yet to see him dance despite our multiple requests. To sum it up in a nutshell, he knows how to delegate and for those of us who work with him in the office daily, it is like a comedy show…you never know what will happen next.

Until next time!

Joey McIntosh

"People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives." — Theodore Roosevelt

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