Messages from the President

Waypoint: First Day - A Focus on Communications!

July 1, 2016

Dear New Friends and Colleagues,

Today is my first day as Superintendent/President of Santa Barbara City College. Before mentioning anything else, I want to thank the college community for its incredible welcome. Everyone has been gracious and openhearted beyond anything I ever could have imagined. It didn't take me long to realize that this is the "SBCC way," and it's one of the reasons this is such a wonderful place. Thank you!

For my first message, I want to focus on communications. No matter the organization, "poor communications" is something about which people typically complain. With poor communications, people feel left out of discussions, decisions, and processes. One of the most important things I have learned as a President the last 10 years has been the necessity to communicate with you about what is going on in the institution. One way I'll do this is through these "Waypoints."

As an airplane pilot and sailor, I've always liked the concept of waypoints. In general, a waypoint is a marker or navigational fix along a particular journey. The concept of a waypoint is a good metaphor for my campus updates to you. We are on a journey together at SBCC to do wonderful things in support of your success and, in turn, in the growth and development of our students and the community. I will work hard to keep you up to date on things with these Waypoints.

Waypoints from me are only part of the communication effort; the other part comes from you. For example, this fall, I will be scheduling program "Listening Tours." Listening Tours are opportunities for me to visit your program and learn firsthand what is important to you and your specific program. Additional communication efforts will be through my Open Office Hours, when I hope you will stop by and visit. I need to find a good time frame, but Open Office Hours will be a set, dedicated time, open to anyone – no reservations or appointments needed! Finally, from time to time, I will ask for your anonymous feedback on topics. Currently, I am hoping you'll share your thoughts with me related to the question: "If only I were the SBCC President, I would..." The goal of this is to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts about the college. I want to know what you think and truly hope to hear from you.

Overall, I am thrilled to serve as your new Superintendent/President. I am dedicated to the community college mission, to educational access, to community, to diversity, to social justice, and to the success of our students at SBCC. I am also dedicated to your success at the college. Of course, all of these are linked. Over the weeks and months ahead, I very much want to meet you. Thanks again for the warm welcome, and I hope to see you soon!

In community,

Dr. Anthony E. Beebe

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