For more than 30 years, the business world was my home. I was fortunate enough to have a seat at the leadership table for large, complex organizations like IBM, leading thousands of employees through times of significant change and revolutionary business practices.
That experience is one of the reasons why I was hired to be the 23rd president of the University of Missouri System. With more than 75,000 students on four campuses, plus our Extension and health care system, we ourselves are a large, complex organization. And as all of us in higher education know or have come to learn, significant change and revolutionary business practices are right in front of us.
At first, it seemed like this job would be filled with budgets and strategic plans, and visits with legislators and campus leaders on how to embrace change and plan for the future.