In order to ensure Trinity’s long-term, sustained success, we must promote leadership development among our current faculty and staff members. This will be accomplished by University Vice Presidents leading an initiative to improve training for their respective divisions, to mentor emerging leaders and make available continuing education opportunities, among other possibilities. These opportunities will enable faculty members and Trinity employees to perform their duties more effectively and with greater confidence. We will also nurture the next generation of campus leaders by investing in ourselves. Opportunities for continued promotion and growth improve Trinity’s ability to retain talented colleagues, resulting in higher employee satisfaction, greater institutional and programmatic continuity, and possible cost savings. Through the division of Student Life, we will enact similar programs to ensure that all Trinity students have opportunities to hone their leadership skills both inside and outside of the classroom. By cultivating alumni leadership, Trinity will continue to benefit from the trusted counsel of our most important external advisors.
At about 750 strong, staff are involved in every nook and cranny at Trinity University.
The Trinity Staff Engagement Committee aims to advocate for each of these staff members, promoting their needs and interests to the administration. Looking to help the staff improve professional development skills, TSEC members spent seven months planning the Staff Development Day, organized entirely by staff, for staff, and held on July 17, 2018. More than 150 staff members attended, doubling TSEC’s goal.
Completely free and held at Trinity, the event opened with remarks from Trinity President Danny Anderson, who spoke about staff being on the front lines of the rapidly changing landscape of higher education. Staff members then broke off into workshops about productivity tools and software training, pausing midway for a keynote luncheon. The day ended with a happy hour and resource fair, where staff could put faces to names and learn about the different benefits available around campus.
Tess Coody-Anders ’93, vice president for Strategic Communications and Marketing, gave the keynote at the luncheon. Her talk focused on aligning personal values to the work one does to find meaning in a job. Working at a University, she says, already makes finding purpose a little easier. “No matter what the job function, we share an inspiring purpose,” she explains. “We don’t make widgets or sell toys; we actively shape and change young lives forever at Trinity.”
She continued on to discuss staff’s central role in making the University a premier liberal arts institution. “There is no Trinity as we know it without the contributions of staff,” she says. “From the people who maintain our laboratories and residence halls, to those who collect revenue and distribute aid, to those who recruit and house students for our amazing faculty to educate, staff are involved in every aspect of this University."