PIKE CREEK – Goldey-Beacom School President Colleen Perry Keith acquired a vote of endorsement after the faculty’s board of trustees prolonged her contract by seven years.
The extension, which started Jan. 1 however was introduced by GBC this week, will preserve Keith on the school positioned off Limestone Street by 2030, marking her longest tenure at an establishment in her profession.
Board Chair Mark Olazagasti stated that Keith has “made large progress since taking the helm in July 2019.”
“She has masterfully led the faculty by an unexpected pandemic whereas making certain our college students, college and employees had been geared up with the instruments they wanted to proceed studying and dealing remotely,” he stated in an announcement asserting the brand new contract. “It was a fast turnaround when the faculty launched absolutely distant courses. Everybody stepped as much as help the response.”
Keith, whose authentic contract wasn’t set to run out till June 2022, stated she was shocked the board approached her about such a prolonged extension, however she didn’t take lengthy to signal on.
“You simply know when it’s an excellent match and that’s the place you wish to keep,” she stated, noting that her son and oldsters are inside a day’s drive as nicely, serving to to persuade her and her husband Barry to make Delaware a long-term profession cease.
As a part of the brand new contract, Keith will likely be entitled to a three-month paid sabbatical to work on a mutually agreed upon educational undertaking linked to the faculty’s strategic plan after the 2025 spring semester.
“As I have a look at the initiatives which are a part of our Strategic Plan course of and the place the faculty must go as a way to be solidly implementing twenty first century majors and levels with abilities that employers want, it’s going to take us a while to get there,” she stated.
Keith arrived in Delaware from Pfeiffer College, a Methodist school in North Carolina, in July 2019, changing into the primary lady to guide the small non-public, four-year GBC in its historical past. She rapidly infused new power into the college that has lengthy been recognized to locals for its robust Grasp of Enterprise Administration program.
When the pandemic struck, she pushed school leaders to hunt accreditation for absolutely on-line diploma applications, a primary for GBC. It was not too long ago permitted to supply its Grasp of Science in finance and its Grasp of Arts in counseling psychology applications by this format.
Keith stated that the faculty was nonetheless exploring find out how to competitively place its MBA program on-line, as many greater training establishments at present provide the favored diploma program.
“The MBA market on-line is type of a glutted market proper now,” she stated. “We have to work out what’s it that might make it distinctive in order that ours would stand out and get that market share that we want.”
In the meantime, Keith can be wanting ahead to the day that she will full a whole educational yr that hasn’t been challenged by a worldwide pandemic. Proper now, about 150 college students reside on campus and attending courses in particular person, with a whole bunch extra attending through videoconference. She expects the hybrid mannequin to proceed to be utilized by the beginning of the autumn semester, however hopes to quickly welcome extra college students again.
“With face-to-face, hybrid and distant studying, we’ll provide one thing in each mode,” she stated.