Longtime Ranger School Director Chris Westbrook has seen a lot of students pass through the hallways of the century-old environmental college during his 18 years of leadership, time that he hopes helped make a difference.
"I'm also ahead of change with the times. Sometimes they're difficult changes. Changes with curriculum, additions of curriculum, and yet we're still maintaining some of our values and ethics," said Westbrook.
As he cleaned out his office of old files last week preparing for his last day on June 30, Westbrook reflected on his tenure and his affection for the Ranger School. He says he and his team of dedicated staff have helped boost endowments to over a million dollars, increased faculty and added new programs. He says increasing enrollment will be a key to the Ranger School's future successes.
Westbrook's affiliation with the Ranger School began in 1972 first as a student...then as a technician and later as a faculty member teaching surveying before taking over as director in 1995.
Michael Bridgen, who has been a professor at the Ranger School since January 1992, takes over as director July 1.
Chris Westbrook says it will be difficult to leave the place that has been such a large part of his life for so many years. But, he says he is looking forward to spending time with his family, traveling and focus on his consulting business.
Monday, May 30, 2016, Watertown, NY