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Colonel Timothy Ringgold

Assistant Professor, UC Business

Colonel Timothy

What advice would you give to your college self?

…to take advantage of the opportunities you are given. West Point is one of the best academic colleges in the United States, as well as the finest military school in the world. But I am living proof that you can receive a mediocre education at a world class institution. During my first two years at West Point, I spent many more hours on extracurricular activities (My team was the collegiate national sport parachute champions my first year, etc.) than I did on academics and my grades showed it. I didn’t receive anything below a C, but not a lot higher either. Only when I became a more “mature” student did my grades begin to reflect my ability. But frankly, I had a lot of ground to cover by then.

 

How would you define “values?"

Values are a person’s principles, what they believe in. There are a lot of individual values that I think are important: honesty, integrity, moral courage, selflessness, kindness, generosity, etc., but as I rose in rank in the Army and later in business, I discovered my own “hot button” values. What I mean by hot button values are those character traits that are non-negotiable traits that I tried to emulate and at the same time, the absence of which I will not accept or tolerate from co-workers (colleagues, superiors, subordinates alike).

 

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

If I were a shoe, I’d probably be a muddy combat boot. 

Why? I’ve live my life “in the arena.” To quote President Theodore Roosevelt: 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again…,”

Campus Involvement: The Institute of Ethical Leadership


Name 5 things you love (other than your family) or love doing?

1. Watching Rosemont Women’s sports: soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring! 

2. A quiet evening at home with my wife 

3. Long bicycle rides on hot sunny days 

4. A good argument intellectual not physical! 

5. Doing something meaningful

 

What goal are you currently trying to achieve?

… to make the Rosemont College undergraduate business program the best in the region.

Who or what inspires you?

… demonstrated leadership from the least likely sources. 

For example: 

1. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper job because the editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” 

2. Winston Churchill struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. 

3. Dr. Suess was rejected 27 times before he found a publisher.

 

Where is the furthest place you have traveled?

I’ve been fortunate to travel through most countries in Europe and the Middle East and through many countries in Africa, South and Central America. Travel is not necessarily about distance so I’ll answer it about culture. I spent several years working in and out of Bangladesh, primarily in the capital of Dhaka. Bangladesh has half the population of the United States buy is only the size of the state of Iowa. Its population at the time was six times more dense than China! It is now eight times more dense than China!!
 

Favorite college memory? (from which college?)

I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and my favorite memory was graduation for obvious reasons! My graduation vow was “to never return.” I broke that vow 22 years later when one of my daughters, then a high school senior, asked me to take her for a visit because she “was thinking about applying there” something that had never occurred to me is that one of my daughters would want to go to a military college. She did not apply to West Point, but did attend the Virginia Military Institute.