Fall in New England is one of the most beautiful times of year. The weather is still warm, yet cool enough to enjoy a lot of time outdoors. The leaves are changing color, creating often breathtaking vistas. It is a time where transition is visible everywhere you look.
Transition has certainly been under way here in the College of Online and Continuing Education, where we have said goodbye to one of the key contributors to our success to this point, Steve Hodownes. We did so in our COCE way, with humor, enthusiasm and a bit of fun. Steve, of course, accepted our mocking and well-wishes with his typical humility. I know I speak for everyone at COCE when I say that Steve was the exact right person at the right time to drive our success and we wish him the best as he moves on to his next chapter.
And now? The No. 1 question people have asked me as I have assumed the leadership role in COCE is what excites me the most. My answer is simple. When I came to SNHU as an advisor 11 years ago, I never anticipated I would stay as long as I have, the growth story I would get to be a part of, or the impact we would be having on the students that we serve through how we serve them. At SNHU and COCE, I found a mission, team and culture that I am passionate about. I am extremely proud of the organization we have built and, more importantly, of our culture, how we operate as a team and our laser focus on student success.
I often tell new employees who join our organization that we are a culture obsessed with student success. While obsessed is a strong word, it also is purposeful. It denotes the focus and intensity this organization has placed on the hard work of expanding access through high-quality and affordable education, building student confidence and skill, and constantly reimagining how we can more effectively support students in achieving their goals.
We are a competitive, fun group that constantly challenges our own definitions of what it means to provide best-in-class service and support. Leveraging our culture to continue to expand access, as well as drive improvements in both the student experience and student outcomes, is what excites me the most.
We are an organization that truly does measure its success by the success of its students, and I am incredibly grateful to be a part of our collective success.
– Amelia Manning
Executive Vice President