EdD (Curriculum, Instruction and Administration) University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Aims Community College: What is a day in the life like for you?
Geri Anderson: My daily activities are based on the season -- whether the legislature is in session or not and if there is a pending election. In session, I meet with staffers and legislators to represent the interests of Aims Community College and keep the President, senior management and board up-to-date on developments in the legislative process. At times, I attempt to influence legislation that is in the best interest of Aims. In some cases, I help to draft the language. I also respond to legislators' requests for information, bill ideas and, in election season, track candidates’ views on educational issues. In addition to tracking and responding to legislative proposals, I often research and design innovative postsecondary projects and ideas.
ACC: What makes a student successful?
GA: Traditionally, student success in community college relates to Student Persistence (students remain, re-enroll, and continue their education from year to year; or, Educational Attainment (students persist to completion and attainment of their degree, certificate or educational goal. For me, however, I think educators should focus conversations on student Holistic Development. It is my goal that students develop as “whole persons” as they progress through and complete their experience at Aims. This means developing intellectually, emotionally, socially by enhancing the quality and depth of interpersonal relationships, leadership skills and civic engagement of each student.
ACC: What is your proudest achievement?
GA: My proudest professional achievement is watching the many young professionals I have hired over the years grow and become educational leaders or specialists.
ACC: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
GA: I love to travel and read. However, during the fall my Saturdays are consumed watching college football.
ACC: Best thing about being Vice President, College and Community Relations?
GA: Aims is a very, very special institution. It is a privilege to collaborate with faculty, staff and students to continue the success of the institution.