Vol. 38, No. 18
Top 3 on 2, 6/19/08
Why did you choose to work at Ohio State?
My aunt was able to get me a job at the Medical Center during the summers while I was attending Miami University. Once I graduated, I took a permanent job and went to graduate school. I just never left!
What do you like about your job?
One thing I like about my job is that it has constantly changed. A lot of that is due to the fact that technology has changed tremendously over the years. I always tell people that I’ve been at the Medical Center since we only had one computer! The other thing is the people with whom I work. Ohio State has great people and a lot of them are not only my co-workers but my friends.
If you weren’t working at Ohio State, what would you be doing?
That’s easy, playing golf. I’ll probably retire in a couple years but I don’t see myself playing golf year round. I will continue to do consulting, maybe even teaching, to keep active. A long time ago I had visions of teaching and being a coach but didn’t think it would be financially rewarding. Boy was I wrong, when I look at what college coaches make today.
Of what honor or recognition are you most proud?
I’m not the type of person who places an emphasis on personal honors or recognition. That may be because I received a lot of those while growing up while playing sports and even throughout my professional career. What I am proud of is the loyalty that the folks working for me have always shown toward me. I’ve always tried to provide them with what they needed and they have always done their best to support me.
Who is your hero?
My dad. He spent tons of time with me as I was growing up and I’m trying to do the same with my kids.
What advice would you give a new employee?
Be creative. Challenge current processes. I like to surround myself with people that challenge my thinking. They don’t often win but I like to hear alternative approaches and ideas.
What would you improve at Ohio State?
It’s a great place to work so there’s not a lot of improvement necessary. However if I were to point out one thing, it would be that there tends to be more complacency by some staff than there should be. I think some people feel that OSU owes them versus them owing the university for their livelihood.
If you were the university president for a day, what would you do?
Go shopping for some real ties!
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A fire in an underground tunnel system on the campus’ south side knocked out Internet and phone systems to 44 university buildings on June 14. By June 16, however, Office of Information Technology staff had restored computer connectivity to all but two halls, and buildings in the Gateway and on 11th Avenue as well as Pomerene and Morrison halls had phone service restored.
Phone service in the other affected buildings was expected to be down through this week. OIT staff, who have been repairing the system around the clock, were working with colleges and units to provide Internet-based phone service until the phones could be brought back online.
Staff and faculty affected by the outage should check oit.osu.edu for the latest updates.