Meet Tampa CP Rod Kirkwood
Jun. 23, 2016
We had so much fun profiling Concorde â Miramarâs Ginny Carpenter in our âMeet Your Campus Presidentsâ series last week that we decided to stay in the Sunshine State for this weekâs offering.
Today, weâre traveling across the state and about 260 miles up Interstate 75 to beautiful Tampa, where Rod Kirkwood presides over Concordeâs campus. Our Concorde â Tampa campus offers seven health care career programs, and Kirkwood ensures that all run smoothly and carry the high-quality, real-world education and training to which Concorde aspires on a daily basis.
Today, weâre going to learn about Kirkwoodâs journey to becoming Campus President (CP) at Concorde â Tampa â a journey that started on the other side of the U.S. â his love of zombies and a 10-day European bus tour where he and his wife got a little more than they bargained for.
Letâs meet Rod Kirkwood.
What's been your journey to becoming a Concorde CP?
After graduation from the University of Oregon with my bachelor of science in accounting, I was hired by a small tech college in Portland, Ore. as a financial aid advisor. After a few short months, I found myself in charge of the Finance Department and the Business Office. In 1996, I left Oregon and moved to Florida as a Director of Financial Aid at Florida Metropolitan University. During that time, I obtained my masterâs degree in adult education from the University of South Florida. In 2013, I decided that I really wanted to be part of an organization that specialized in Allied Health
. This is when I came to be President of Concorde Career Institute â Tampa.
What's the best part of being a Campus President?
Knowing that I have a part in helping adults make a better life for themselves and their families.
From your perspective, what is it that makes the Tampa campus stand out, makes it special?
The staff at the Tampa campus is what makes the campus special. It may be clichÃ© to say that they really care about each other and seeing our students graduate, but itâs true. We have a very experienced leadership team at Tampa that seems to go together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Each member seems to complement each otherâs skills and blend well with each other.
What's the best piece of advice you ever were given?
I have picked up quite a bit of advice through the years. One, âyou need to assume innocenceâ when working with others. This has helped me not to rush to judgment or conclusions, but instead ask open-ended questions like âhelp me understand why XY and Z.â One of my former supervisors used to always tell me, âDonât sweat the small stuff.â
What's a favorite TV show, recent movie you've seen or book you've read?
My wife and I make it a Sunday evening ritual to turn up the lights and watch the Walking Dead together. Iâm reading a book right now called âMind Readers.â
What is a hidden talent, favorite hobby or little-known fact people don't know about you?
When my wife graduated from college with her masterâs, as a celebration we went on a 10-day bus tour of Europe. What made it very memorable was that we were on the top end of the age category (35) while the closest other occupants of the bus were freshmen to seniors in college (18-22). It was quite the party bus. However, Iâve never been so tired in my life!