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As you have already heard, I will be the new owner of NTI as of July 1. I am very excited about this new adventure and am looking forward to continuing the legacy that Char has created for NTI. When Char offered me this opportunity, I was humbled and honored that she trusted me enough to take on the challenge.
For those who don’t know me, my passion for understanding nutrients and how they interact with human biochemistry has propelled my desire to study and teach nutrition – it has been the foundation of my life for many years, and what led me to NTI. In addition to being a graduate of NTI, I have been a classroom instructor since 2009, and two years ago I became the Academic Dean. My commitment to this school is strong and I have been dedicated to its success for more than 10 years. As the Director, I will be actively engaged in not only leading the NTI team in implementing my vision for the school and its students, but I will be directly involved in its day-to-day operations.
I am not doing this alone, my husband, Chris is my partner in this adventure. Chris will remain in his primary job as Director of NASA’s Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado, Boulder, which he has been doing since 2000. His responsibilities at NTI will involve directing technology decisions, financial planning and management, IT support, and being my emotional support person. Additionally, Chris’s 20 years of experience in higher education, while in a different field, makes him an ideal partner for running a school.
I want to assure all of you that, while some things at NTI will evolve and change, the primary direction of the school will not. We remain committed to excellence in nutrition education and put a priority on ensuring that NTI continues to be among the top nutrition schools in the country. As Academic Dean, I have played an integral role in the shaping of our curriculum design and course content, and I’m proud of what we have created. My intention is to use that foundation and continue to improve it as we move forward.
We have some exciting things coming in the very near future. Look for announcements about them on July 1. (I’ll let the cat out of the bag on one – a new website that we hope will go live on July 1). As we take NTI into the next 20 years, I am looking forward to forging a future that keeps the reputation of our school and students strong.
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