If there is one overarching theme that emerges from my first year as president of Olive-Harvey College (OHC), one of the City Colleges of Chicago, it is that culture matters.
Defined as the manifestation of behavior that is a result of traditions, customs, values, morals, ethics, principles, practices and informal communication, culture shapes how people respond to change. And in my previous role as executive vice president at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, I was told “culture eats strategy for lunch every day.” This truism has guided my approach throughout my first year as president of Olive-Harvey College.
When I arrived on the far south side campus in July 2011, I was committed to learning Olive-Harvey’s culture, its challenges and opportunities for improvement. Most importantly, I was focused on getting to know students, faculty, staff and their families. I walked the halls, attended on- and off-campus events and met with area businesses and community organizations to learn what mattered most to people and how best to address their hopes, needs and concerns.
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