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A message from Bret Ellis, Vice President of Information Technology

Why do you do what you do?

What is your motivation for coming to work each day?

What gives your work purpose and provides you satisfaction at the end of the day?

The Information Technology Division Leadership discussed the importance of knowing your "Why" in your everyday work and shared a book entitled "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action" written by Simon Sinek.  

Here are a few thoughts from the book:

  • People who come to work with a clear sense of "Why" are less prone to giving up after a failure because they understand the higher cause.
  • People know "What" they do, and people know "How" they do it, but few people know "Why" they do "What" they do.
  • Those who know "Why" need those who know "How."

IT Division "Why" Statement

“Providing impactful technology for students, faculty, and staff to RISE to heights never thought possible.”

The IT Division asks four questions:

    •    Whom do we serve, and what do they (those we intend to serve) want/need/have? What is their "Why"?
    •    What services do we provide in support of our customer's "Why"?
    •    How do we support the University's Strategic Plan and Goals?
    •    How are we meeting the "Why" for our customers?

We expect that using these questions, following our University Strategic Plan/Goals, and meeting our IT Division Strategic goals will help us find greater fulfillment in our daily contribution to those we serve and ultimately to the University.

Dr. Bret Ellis