Investiture of President Gregory Haile: Kindness Accentuates Introduction to Campus
After catching her breath, Naylet Leon offered apologies to her colleagues from Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design who had gathered earlier this year for a Pathways meeting on Central Campus. She would have been later had a “nice gentleman,” sensing the English professor was in a hurry, not decided to pull out in deference to give her the closest available parking space near the Institute of Public Safety building.
Small Gestures Go a Long Way
“It’s the little things,” said Trish Joyce, assistant professor English, recalling the simple gesture by Gregory Haile to give up his parking spot before he would enter the same lecture hall to address Leon and the other faculty and staff in attendance.
Joyce doesn’t expect another parking lot encounter, but she wouldn’t be surprised to walk away with more lasting impressions of Gregory Adam Haile, Esq, when she takes part in his investiture as the seventh President of Broward College, Friday, March 29, 2019, 3 p.m., in Bailey Hall on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie.
Although President Haile, the former counsel and vice president for Public Policy and Government Affairs at Broward College, assumed his new responsibilities last summer, the investiture will officially mark the transference of his authority. But Joyce said that hasn’t stopped the new president from making his presence felt either on campus or within the surrounding communities.
Fits Right In
“He just put his hands in the soil and mixed right in,” said Joyce, who, along with the incoming president, volunteered to plant flowers, paint, and renovate the parking lot at Pinewood Elementary last month in North Lauderdale.
Now in her fourth decade at Broward College teaching students to write creatively and voice their opinions, Joyce is equally impressed with President’s Haile ability to motivate and reach out to the disconnected.
“He’s fantastic at telling stories to hold an audience’s attention,” said Joyce. “And he always brings his message back to celebrate our students. He never loses sight of why we are all here.”
A Ceremony For All to Attend
Joyce said she is honored to take part in the investiture and encourages all students, faculty, and staff to join her in support of President Haile when he presents his vision for Broward College. For those who cannot attend, the investiture will also be streamed live. Investiture festivities conclude with an outdoor reception immediately following the official launch of President Haile’s tenure.
In addition to the formal installation ceremony, a series of events marking his new era at Broward College featured a barbecue for students, faculty, and staff with the new president this week.
Earlier in February, students enjoyed “A Night at the Movies” with the new president and a favorite film of his, “Men of Honor,” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Robert De Niro.