If a man's chief aim in life is to be either comfortable or well liked, he'd better choose an easier occupation than heading a college, Kerry D. Romesburg was warned Friday.
But judging from remarks by local and state educational leaders during the inauguration of Utah Valley Community College's fourth president, Romesburg is not only already liked, but has settled comfortably into his new post after just three months at the college's helm.Romesburg, the former executive director of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, replaces J. Marvin Higbee, who resigned a year ago.
"We are happy to have a president with the abilities and talents President Romesburg brings to UVCC," said Mary Anne Q. Wood, UVCC Institutional Council chairwoman, who conducted the ceremonies. "We look forward to growing under his leadership."
Romesburg said he is honored to accept the challenges and responsibilities of being president. "It is with great reverence and pride that I pledge myself to the college, to the community and to higher education in Utah."
Dignitaries attending the ceremonies included Lt. Gov. Val Oveson, Brigham Young University President Jeffrey R. Holland, Commissioner of Higher Education Wm. Rolfe Kerr and W. Eugene Hansen, chairman of the State Board of Regents, who delivered the Regents' charge to the new president.
Hansen said UVCC faces significant challenges, but Romesburg was selected because of his proven ability to meet adversity. Hansen issued Romesburg several challenges he said constituted the Regents' charge.
"First and foremost, we charge you to be conscientious in developing completely the comprehensive community college concept at this institution," he said. "To do this, you must set and maintain an appropriate balance among vocation-trades-technical education, general education, transfer education, continuing education and community service."
Holland, in extending a greeting to Romesburg, said the new president already has won over many Utah County residents with his competence, warmth and charm. He said Romesburg joins UVCC at a crucial time in the state's educational history.
"It bodes well for this audience that he comes to this office," Holland said. "We desire your company and friendship."
Kerr, who delivered the inaugural address, told Romesburg he would need vision, hard work, integrity and respect if he is to meet UVCC's three major challenges _ financial limitations, pressure for growth and refinement of the college's assigned mission.
The challenges facing UVCC are great, but Romesburg has the essential leadership qualities to meet those challenges, Kerr said. "We are fortunate to have him here."
In his remarks, Romesburg acknowledged the college's challenges as opportunities.
"In order to meet these challenges and responsibilities, we must not be static, we must never be truly satisfied and we must never lose sight of the `community' of this community college," he said. "We must set ambitious, but realistic goals for our institution and our students, and we must continue forward in our quest to meet these goals."
First, he said, UVCC must change from a quarter to a semester system, which will happen by the 1990-91 school year. Second, UVCC faculty and staff, who haven't had a raise for three years, must be adequately remunerated.