When Bill Ivy retires from TCC next spring, he hopes it’ll take better than his previous attempts.
“Technically, it’s the third, but it’s really the second,” he says.
Ivy retired via the rule-of-80 from Oklahoma State University in 2007, then took a position as Associate Vice President at Pittsburg State University. After nearly seven years in Kansas, and many miles on the road, he retired back to Tulsa where he hoped to teach as an adjunct professor.
“But then the opportunity to work with President Goodson came along,” he says. Ivy joined Tulsa Community College as Special Assistant to the President in August 2014 for what was supposed to be a one-year term. “I like the people at TCC, which is always the most important thing. I like TCC’s mission. I like living and working in the same place, and I like the variety this position presents.”
As Senior Advisor to the President and Board Liaison, Ivy manages the day-to-day operations of the President’s office, and serves as the President’s liaison to the TCC Board of Regents and other community groups. He has been instrumental in creating a smooth operating President’s office that reflects her style of leadership.
“It allows her to be as productive as possible,” says Ivy. “It has to do with strategic scheduling, and filtering what comes through her office, which lets her focus her attention on what needs the President’s personal touch.”
He did not change everything the day he stepped on campus.
“Learning a new organization and culture is always different,” he says. “When you see something you’d like to do differently or change, you have to first understand why things have been the way they’ve been because of the culture and history of the organization.”
He hopes he’s created a role his successor can step into and make his or her own.
“The day-to-day operation of the position is established,” he says. “We know what we’re doing. We have things in place. But then the new person will come in and find things to do better. They’ll have their unique strengths that are a little different from mine.”
The position, Senior Strategy Advisor to the Office of the President, has already been generating interest. Preferred qualifications include a Master’s degree in Higher Education, Business, Liberal Arts or another related degree, along with five years’ experience in education or a related field, and superior written and oral communication skills. The position will likely be filled by the end of the fiscal year.
Ivy expects to retire somewhere between Feb. 1 and May 1 depending on when his replacement begins, with a reduction in office hours along the way.
“I’d really looked forward to teaching without being an administrator before the opportunity came at TCC. It’s kind of the same thing now. It’s been three-and-a-half years. I want to do other things. I’m going to teach one section of the first year experience class, just to get my feet back in the teaching door.
“I’ve been grateful for the opportunity. It’s interesting every day.”
“Bill has been a tremendous asset to me during my transition to TCC,” says Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D. “In addition to being a great administrator, he’s fun to be around. I know I will personally miss him, but I know Bill is looking forward to this next chapter in his life.”