May 13, 2020 – Santa Fe College President Paul Broadie II, Ph.D., delivered his weekly message to the college community Wednesday afternoon. The president delivered his remarks from the Charles Perry Construction Institute, where SF students had been working on their 10th Habitat for Humanity house as part of the curriculum in the college’s Construction program.
Dr. Broadie began his message talking about the college’s plans to bring students, faculty and staff back to on-campus activities. Although remote operations will continue through at least May 31, college officials are discussing changing classroom spaces, requiring temperature checks, PPE and the options for possibly testing faculty and staff as they return to college facilities. After offering his weekly high fives, the president made remarks to the college community on his first 100 days as president.
Upon becoming SF’s fifth president back in February, Dr. Broadie promised to spend his first hundred days listening, learning and leading. The president began consulting with various departments across the college, interacting with students and meeting with members in the community. News of the spread of COVID-19 began to intensify while the college was on spring break, and by the time the middle of March rolled around, the college had put all instruction and student services online, and causing Dr. Broadie to rethink how education is presented while still achieving his goals of upward mobility, shattering equity gaps and innovative approaches to workforce development.
Currently, the president plans for Executive Leadership to return to the Northwest Campus Tuesday, May 26, with a deliberate phased-in return for faculty and staff beginning no sooner than June 1. Most summer classes will be held online, with the exception of a few courses in Summer B that require an in-person component. At this point, the college is still planning for the fall term to begin Monday, Aug. 24.