Title, department and job responsibilities: Executive-in-Residence for the College of Business. In this role I teach the Career Planning and Development class and serve as an academic advisor.
Years at Butler: 20 years. My first day at Butler started at 8 a.m. Sept. 1. 1992, exactly 13 hours after retiring from General Motors. People accuse me of flunking retirement.
Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: My most memorable experience involves Chris Miskel ’96. Chris was one of my very first students and he has sought my career guidance on many occasions. In 2009, at the Butler Alumni Recognition Dinner at which Chris was honored, he recognized me for being the person at Butler who had a significant influence on this career.
Projects/research you’re currently involved with: In order to keep my skills current I do career consulting for Lee Hecht Harrison, an HR consulting firm. If, as a result of a company’s restructuring, a person’s position is eliminated and the company provides outplacement services, I will work with that person during his/her career transition. We have resources that are available to the person which will assist him/her during the job search process. I’m currently working with about 50 clients.
What current intellectual or creative question are you thinking about these days: I can foresee the day when you won’t go to work for a company; you’ll work on a project basis for a few years. I’m trying to prepare my students for this new model.
What do you enjoy most about teaching: Teaching gives me an opportunity to make a difference in student’s lives. Albeit I don’t know which student I’ve affected, or the level of influence I’ve had, until some date in the future when he/she calls me to take advantage of my “lifetime guarantee”.