It is my honor and pleasure to serve as your president this year. As I step into the shoes so ably occupied by John Rainone in 2012, I am mindful of the quote by Max De Pree, former CEO of Fortune 500 company Herman Miller: “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” John exemplified servant leadership as defined by Mr. De Pree in his leadership books. So, I’d actually like to start my term by saying thank you to John Rainone for a successful year leading CRD to new levels of service and programming.
CRD continues to grow in strength and numbers. Our new governance and volunteer leadership structure is working! Last year, 217 volunteers served their professional peers through Board of Director membership; program, publication, and services committee membership; authorship in Dispatch and Resource Papers; and mentoring through personal contact and the listserv. That’s a lot of professional sharing, and further strengthens the culture that sets CRD apart from other professional organizations. So the second task for my term: thank you, CRD volunteers! And there’s room for more of you. See the opportunities available on our website.
Max De Pree also said, “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
CRD is investing in a new membership database that will allow us to offer on-line mentoring, a job board, and on-line affinity communities capable of forum discussions and document sharing. This will also allow us to develop a new dues structure that will allow many more of your college’s faculty, staff, trustees, and foundation board members to take advantage of professional development at discounted rates as institutional members of CRD. The conversion should be complete by August 1, but look for more information this spring.
CRD’s Dispatch is going fully on-line. The new journal will feature blogs, allow comments on articles, and give us the flexibility of publishing at least four times a year. Again, look for this new look in the spring.
CRD’s 2013 programming in full swing. Our programming is developed by listening to you. Don’t miss:
A 5 week webinar series on grant management beginning in April
Resource Development Boot Camp (formerly Specialist Training): 2 weeks in June in DC metro area
Later this fall you’ll see the Presidents Fundraising Academy, the Executive Institute for Fundraising Leadership, the Federal Funding Task Force and the 47th Annual Conference.
CRD continues to build and develop partnerships with other organizations to strengthen the programs and training CRD can offer. These include work with the Rural Community College Alliance, the Futures Assembly Bellwether Awards, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, and CASE among others.
Finally, Mr. De Pree also said, “The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers.” If I do my job right this year, YOU will be able to do yours more ably, with more confidence and more knowledge. And so my third task for the start of my term: thank you for the opportunity.
All the best,
O. Morton Congleton
President, Council for Resource Development, 2013
Vice President of College Development
Wake Technical Community College, NC
"As a newcomer in the field of Alumni Relations, CRD has been a wonderful resource that has provided me an opportunity to benchmark against some of the best Alumni Relations Offices."
Alumni Relations Manager
Grand Rapids Community College, MI