A couple weekends ago The Hubster and I took a little jaunt to the northern panhandle and hinterlands of West Virginia. Our destination was Bethany, WV the home of Bethany College and two friends Dr. Scott Miller, President and Dr. David Black, Interim Provost.
Our purpose was to learn as much as we could about the expectations and life of a college president and spouse. The Hubster is enrolled in an executive leadership program, recommended by his own college president, with the purpose of exploring his interest in just such a position. Like many leadership positions at this level, be it priest, pastor or CEO of a corporation, there are expectations and hopes placed upon the family of the leader. This was a good opportunity for not only The Hubster but especially me to get an inside look. As a matter of fact, there is not much available information for a spouse on this topic, so he wrote it into his learning plan.
While the bulk of time was used by The Hubster to meet with all the veeps of the school, we also had singular time with Scott and David, listening to stories of various interactions and outcomes of their experiences in five different institutions of higher learning. Most helpful to me was lunch with Scott and his wife, Annie where I was able to ask questions about her role in all of her husband’s places of employment. David also shared he and his wife’s experiences at the two schools they served.
It was very helpful to both of us but especially me. The best advice I received was to be myself.