What one thing do you wish you knew on your first interview?
Interviewing is a learned skill that comes with practice. I wish I knew, at the end of my first interview, to ask the “right” questions that would have enhanced my qualifications for the job.
What does the Rosemont Mission mean to you?
I love that the Rosemont Mission emphasizes that the College is a community of learners that welcomes students of all faiths, values diversity, and is dedicated to academic and personal excellence. The mission is an important attribute that makes the college attractive to potential candidates and they are very pleased with their decision to enroll to further their education and advance their career here rather than elsewhere.
Would you rather go backward in a time machine or have the chance to see the future?
I think the future promises to be an exciting time for some because of the opportunities to live in the digital frontier. I, however, view new technology and the social media as both a blessing and a curse. Although communications will improve, I am fearful that cybercrimes will increase the invasion of privacy and religious zealots and fanatics will continue to make the world more dangerous and less safe.
I would prefer to live my life in the good ole days of the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s characterized by a safe and sane world where people were happy, friendly, and prosperous. It was a time when no one was hesitant to leave their neighborhood, visit the city, or travel abroad. Things were just better then without the major political, economic and societal problems endured today.
What is your favorite sandwich?
My favorite sandwich is a mushroom cheese steak with marinara sauce.
What would you like a prospective student to know most about Rosemont?
Rosemont College is the best kept secret among area colleges and universities where a student can get a world class education at a small college with a convenient and beautiful campus. We feature outstanding academic programs and an excellent faculty with the emphasis on student success and achievement.
Campus Involvement: Director of Graduate Education
Name 5 things you love (other than your family) or love doing?
- Reading good books and other publications
- Teaching graduate students and researching educational trends and issues
- Spending time with my beloved dogs Mollie and McKenzie – a French bulldog and Shetland Sheepdog (“sheltir")
- Sports: all, especially college and professional basketball and football – go Pitt, Penn State, Steelers and Eagles!
- Traveling to different cities and places in the U.S.
What date on your calendar are you looking forward to?
I always look forward to the first day of Spring to finally leave behind the doldrums of winter weather and to begin the change of seasons and warmer weather – I hate the snow and ice.
If you could give an award to someone, who would you give it to and why?
I have always admired Johnathan Kozol, an American writer, educator, and activist who campaigned for fairness, equality, and opportunity for all children in public schools – especially in poor urban cities. Two of his books are my favorites, Ordinary Resurrections and Savage Inequalities, that depict the extremes of wealth and poverty in our nation’s schools. I would give him a lifetime achievement award as one of the best education authors and imminent crusader for children.
How do you celebrate your faith?
I am a spiritual person who believes in the dignity of all people with a focus on Christian virtues and principles. I try to lead my life by being respectful of others and using my religious values as my moral compass.
Describe your favorite day off.
My favorite day off is when it is bright, sunny, and warm and I can complete home improvement projects, work outside, visit a new place, drive my Porsche, celebrate holidays, and be with my wife, family, and doggies.