A LETTER FROM AN ADMINISTRATORby Lyn Olsen on Feb. 10, 2013, under Education
Sad to say, two days before HLC came to visit Pima College and Tucson, I received an anonymous letter that is, to say the least, not nice. Everyone else who read it described it as threatening and hostile. For me, it made me terribly sad because it clearly validated everything that I have said….
The writer identified themselves as an administrator and criticized me for lacking strength and courage, yet they chose to be anonymous. They chastised me for speaking up about the wrongs, yet I did so because they did not when others were wronged, for if they had I wouldn’t have had to.
But perhaps what was saddest in the letter was the administrator’s lack of any knowledge or value of my good works, which I know from many other employees, has been the same for them.
Despite the obvious lack of acknowledgement and subsequent administrative support that I most often have experienced, as verified by this letter, I feel greatly blessed to have had the opportunity to work at Pima College because I have been a part of thousands of amazing endeavors and outcomes that have transformed thousands and thousands of lives for the better, even for the most disadvantaged and hopeless of students. It is this, that no matter how unfairly I may have been treated or overlooked at the college, I can look beyond what others say and continue to do good because education is truly about the betterment of students, and this gives a much greater reward than anything else.