2017/2018 Theme: Taking the World By Storm…
First of all, let me say that it is an honor and a privilege to be given the opportunity to be your AOP President for this year. When I came to BSU only a little over a year ago I would never have imagined that I would find myself surrounded by such great individuals that have not only strengthened me but pushed me to find it within myself to help others.
We have had our first meeting and are in full swing with the planning of Bosses Breakfast and the Holiday Auction both of which have their details put out soon. Professional Development Day will once again be held in the Spring and looks to offer a plethora of opportunities for personal development and growth.
Taking the World By Storm…..
To some this might sound like a very aggressive statement but to those that know me, understand it is quite the opposite. I am a huge believer that sometimes it takes a bit of organized chaos to create an environment in which people can learn and grow. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” This is a quote I take very seriously (probably because I spent some time in the US Navy.) I believe that we all have stories to tell, and it is through the trials we have endured that we have become the people we are today. Storms are not meant to break us, but rather give us the experience we need to push through and gain the knowledge we need to tackle the next one that comes along.
I have had the pleasure of leading quite an interesting life. As I mentioned above I spent some time with the US Navy prior to and immediately following 9/11. I then had the honor of serving next to the brave men and women of the US Army, the branch I eventually retired from. All during this time I somehow found time to have a family and attend college. I first completed studies in Biblical Discipleship which led me to becoming an ordained minister. I then decided after military retirement that I wanted to try something new and attended the University of Washington and obtained a degree in Communications with a focus on Law and Policy. As a lifelong learner I am still attending classes here at BSU in pursuit of my doctorate.
The point I want to make is that life is full of opportunities, and while the road along the way may be bumpy and sometimes down right horrible to deal with, in the end I personally believe we all have something good waiting for us. I can honestly say that there have been days that I have wanted to throw in the towel, but it is in those moments that I remember that it is not just about me but those that depend upon me that give me the strength to push through.
I can without a doubt tell you that in my short time here at BSU that I have found that the people here on campus whether it be staff, faculty, or students all have something to give as well as we all have room to grow. I am excited for this year and all the doors I know it will open to us all. So I implore you all to join me in Taking the World by Storm and rocking a few boats along the way.
The purpose of this Association shall be to elevate the standards and promote professional growth of the office personnel (or those aspiring to be) within the University and to provide for a finer understanding of the relationship between the University and the community in order to promote positive attitudes and to encourage further training in specific skills relevant to each member’s job responsibilities.
Please contact me at any time – I am always happy to have a conversation!
Rob Pangaro, BSUAOP President