President Sims Named to RBJ's "Power 30: Higher Education"

The “Power 30” list is an inaugural program from the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ) this year, where editors select and feature prominent leaders and accomplished individuals in a variety of industries, such as banking & finance, health care, construction & real estate and more.                                                                                                                                                                   
RBJ's editor, Ben Jacobs on the rationale behind this edition of Power 30 Higher Education: “The list includes individuals who have spent the past 20 months figuring out new ways to educate students amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The people on this list have helped Rochester’s higher education institutions reimagine themselves rapidly to keep students, faculty and staff safe. They have pushed innovation forward to deal with the challenges of COVID-19. They have kept up with ever-changing protocols, requirements and recommendations and have led the way through a period of tremendous uncertainty.”
Dr. Sims’s Q & A:
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I most enjoy strategizing and planning for the school’s future in a manner that invites and welcomes perspectives from multiple constituencies.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
One of the biggest challenges with which I have dealt over the past year is responding to human and economic realities of a pandemic in a manner that honors our school’s commitment to practices of peace, service and justice. This necessitated facilitating conversations on and initiating training, beginning with members of my executive leadership team, to address anti-Black and anti-racist practices and behaviors within our context.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the higher education industry in the next 3-5 years?
I see tenure and promotion requirements, faculty staffing models, increased institutional collaborations, and tuition models as some of the biggest changes in the higher education industry in the next 3-5 years.
What college class that you haven’t taken would you be most interested in taking and why?

As a garden hobbyist who views my time in the yard as a time to commune with God, I would like to take an Introduction to Horticulture class. In addition to increasing my knowledge of native plants, this course might prove beneficial as I seek to become a bit more intentional about ways to coexist with nature.

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Posted by David Riddell at 16:55