Connors State College President, Dr. Tim Faltyn, was recently accepted to the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program. The prestigious program accepted only 30 professionals nationally.
“Lifelong learning is no longer an option, it is a necessity,” said Faltyn, referring to a quote used by Kennedy. “I couldn’t agree more.”
As a college president, Faltyn often stresses the importance of continuing one’s education. However, this is not just the party line used to increase enrollment. Faltyn “walks the walk” as they say, with four graduate and undergraduate degrees.
“As an educator I believe that it’s important to always push yourself to learn more, do more and be of service to others,” he said. “This opportunity will allow me to set a positive example for my son as well as our students.
“My plan is to focus on Leadership Decision Making, Crisis Leadership and the Senior Executive program,” he said, “but I have arranged my schedule in such a way that I can continue to devote my attention to the students, faculty and staff at Connors State College.”
Faltyn’s attention to detail has lead Connors State College to receive numerous awards and accolades in his two-year presidency. In 2011 the college was listed as one of the “Top 50 Fastest-Growing Public Two-Year Colleges” by Community College Week. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the same publication listed Connors as one of the “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers.”
While the time commitment to the Harvard Leadership Program is intense, it is one Faltyn feels is well worth the challenge.
“I don’t expect my students to give more than I am willing to give,” he said. “Continuing your education, in or out of the classroom, should be a life-time goal. I hope my participation in this program makes me a better leader and example to those around me.”