As Dr Janet Smith officially ends her two-year stint as the President of the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), she is calling for education authorities to fully explore the institution’s potential.
Dr Smith made the call while addressing HLSCC faculty and staff during a farewell letter on July 30.
“As I leave, I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the British Virgin Islands in the manner for which I was appointed for the past two years. There remains much to be done, and there always will be. The full potential of this college remains to be realized as fully as it could, and should be realized,” she wrote.
“I encourage you to stay focused on its purpose; work hard to make an unselfish contribution, and enjoy the satisfaction of doing your best. I have always prayed the best for the college as a formidable building block for the territory, and will continue to do so,” she said.
The former president also had words of advice to the incoming president, Judith Vanterpool.
Vanterpool’s tenure as the new head begins Wednesday, August 1.
“The presidency is not a person, and it is not simply a job. It is about a commitment to serve the students and to achieve the college’s best fit in meeting the needs of the community.”
She said being a president also entails anticipating, creating, identifying, and responding to both opportunities and challenges of various kinds.
“Sometimes it even takes a great deal of discernment; but this is the only way to make progress, even when doing so would result in disagreements, if not ridicule. These, of course, are often based on different points of view, experience, and even perspective.”
She added: “It is often a test of commitment and professional maturity in the task of finding ways to be even better rather than being comfortable. It is always in looking toward the future that change for the good of the college should be measured.”
Dr Smith also used the opportunity to wish Vanterpool ‘success’ in her new role.
According to Dr Smith, during her 34-year stint with the college, she has been able to assist in the college achieving accreditation status in 2015.
Dr Smith told BVI News she now plans to enjoy her retirement.
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