I’ve always had a healthy respect and admiration for Union’s reputation in the higher education sphere. The College’s long and rich history don’t stop its leaders from continually pushing the envelope to get better, to develop platforms and programs that serve the students, community and beyond. Friends and colleagues who attended Union or worked here have often shared their good experiences. So all in all, it was the perfect place for me when I wanted to return to the Northeast from Atlanta, Ga., to be closer to family.
Outside of work, many of my favorite pastimes include sports and related endeavors – I’m a former student-athlete. My favorite spot on campus is the Viniar Athletic Center. I can never get enough of the sound of sneakers squeaking on the hard wood, basketballs bouncing on the floor, or the referees’ and coaches’ whistles. I'm looking forward to watching the men and women play their Liberty League rivals.
I also appreciate and support the arts. I’m not much of an artist myself, but I jump at the opportunity to see live music, theater, spoken word artists and dance. Travel is also high on my list. (If I can find ways to do all of the above, I’m a happy man!) As a reader and book lover, I’ve got a fairly diverse list of favorite books that includes the autobiographies of Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass, as well as D.E.B DuBois’ “The Souls Of Black Folk,” Toni Morrison's “The Bluest Eye,” James Baldwin's “Tell Me How Long The Train's Been Gone,” Eldridge Cleaver's “Soul On Ice,” assorted works by John Grisham, Richard Wright's “Native Son,” Ralph Ellison's “Invisible Man,” President Barack Obama's “Dreams of My Father” and Alice Walker's “The Color Purple.” I also enjoy reading the poetry of Maya Angelou, William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Andrew Marvell, Walter Benton and others. Music? At the moment, my favorite song or band is “Zoom” by the Commodores, but ask me later, and I might say “In A Sentimental Mood” by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane.