Guest opinion: RMC transforming to serve students well

2014-04-25T00:00:00Z Guest opinion: RMC transforming to serve students wellBy BOB WILMOUTH The Billings Gazette
April 25, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Rocky Mountain College has been recognized for many years as one of the region’s premier high-value, student-centered institutions. Recent changes have made it even better.

In the past year, the campus reconstructed its executive leadership with new appointments of a vice president of advancement and a chief financial officer. A new academic vice president and vice president of enrollment will join them in July.

Transforming students is essential to the mission of Rocky Mountain College, and now we have shown that the institution is also capable of transforming to more effectively serve these students.

Collaboration focus

Over the past year, we have focused on assessing personnel functions and program structures. We have more clearly defined institutional roles and responsibilities for all members of the RMC community. This has been a collaborative process, with fresh ideas coming from many different experiences and perspectives. In fact, a focus on collaboration has been among our highest priorities.

Communication and sharing is opening up on campus with a new team approach that emphasizes accountability. For example, weekly all-staff meetings explore new models for complex institutional processes. Out of such meetings have come well-planned initiatives that are premised on high expectations and the realization of outcomes that improve the student experience.

Recruiting success

After all, the most important people on our campus are our students. The strength of our college resides in them and the faculty who instruct them. We continue to attract excellent students and new faculty who bring to the college superb credentials and meaningful life experiences. Our academic programs are stronger than ever, and our strategic vision includes even greater growth and development aligned with our core themes of excellence, transformation and responsibility.

Rocky Mountain College’s renewed focus on collaboration and accountability will elevate the sacred relationship that exists between faculty, staff and students. Our college’s future is bright. We continue to strive toward perfection and to provide true value for our students, for the Billings community and for the state of Montana.

Dr. Bob Wilmouth this week marked his first anniversary as president of Rocky Mountain College.

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