David Fleming, author of It's All Academic
Vice President of Instruction, Southwestern Michigan College (SMC), Dowagiac, Michigan
I have spent over twenty years in higher education in positions ranging from faculty member in English to provost. Contrary to popular belief, not all those years were spent sitting in meetings. Originally from Morgantown, West Virginia, with schooling at both West Virginia University and Indiana University, I now live in Edwardsburg, Michigan, with my wife, son, two dogs, and cockatiel.
I have shingled roofs, injected rats, sold lumber, shelved books, taught English, hired faculty, negotiated contracts, organized conferences, overseen dozens of academic campuses, balanced budgets, developed strategic plans, spoken at commencements, and have smiled through all. That's because I refuse to allow any of these activities to detract me from the humor and creativity that can be life.