Popular opinion among students here seems to be that many administrators do not have students’ interests at the top of their priority list. I believe there is some truth to this idea. There are those within this institution who have demonstrated that fairness and respect to the student body takes a backseat to any number of ulterior motives. While those who exemplify this trait are few, they stick out in the minds of students, and for good reason.
What may be the saddest result of this is that the administrators who do their jobs with vigor often go unnoticed. During my time as Editor-in-Chief, I have worked closely with so many of these people, and I believe it is necessary to highlight their commitment to making life at UR better.
All of the administrators who I have seen make a positive impact on the University community over the past year share a number of traits. Above all, they demonstrate a desire to connect with the students they serve. It is more than just understanding the job; it is going out of one’s way to make the most of the job. They take the time to listen to the needs of any student who comes to them and then try their best to investigate and alleviate any concerns brought to them. They do not place themselves above the students, something that is so easy to do in a position of power.
I have met a number of administrators who fit this description, and I want to use this space to highlight some of them. Dean of the College Richard Feldman handles his duties as dean in the same fashion he runs his classes – professional, yet comfortable. Director of Security Walter Mauldin is dedicated to helping the Campus Times report the whole truth, and that respect and dedication shows through in his interactions with all students. Associate Dean of Students Anne-Marie Algier has listened to all of my concerns, both CT-related and not, and worked hard to find answers to my questions. After concerns over the bus system arose, Vice President of Facilities and Services Richard Pifer worked to swiftly and successfully revamp the system to suit the needs of patrons. Director of Dining Services and Auxiliary Operations Cam Schauf responded to criticism of dining changes by listening to students and making appropriate adjustments.
My only qualm about this editorial is that it inevitably leaves out so many people who are equally deserving of recognition. I wish I had the space to mention every administrator who demonstrates the qualities that define those listed above. That is impossible, however, and thus I ask anyone who reads this to take it upon yourself to recognize those administrators who have had a positive impact on your life. It’s as simple as telling someone he or she is doing a great job and that you appreciate the hard work – the gratification he or she will feel from such a simple statement is enormous.
Everyone hears students complain about how administrators “don’t care about us,” and I can understand the rationale behind these words. It is important, however, to make sure you don’t lump all administrators together in your thoughts. Doing so discredits the many for whom “not caring” could not be further from the truth.
Moeller is a member of the class of 2009.