Chad Hickox, Vice President of Instruction. At WWCC since 2018.
Most important part of the job?
I find a way to help people be better at whatever their job is. It’s a lot of orchestrating and juggling – everybody’s spinning their own plates and I’m just trying to make sure that all of the plates get spun together. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of all the good work that’s going on here.
The complexity of what we do here. We have to meet students where they are, provide them with a high-quality learning environment and up-to-date educational content. But our students have a lot of other needs too. Some are housing-insecure or food-insecure, many have families and jobs, all kinds of stresses. And we provide a whole range of services to them, not just classroom instruction.
People should know?
This is an amazing college. We’re devoted to our mission, which is giving students exactly the kind of educational experience they need. We stay focused on getting students across the finish line and achieving whatever educational goal they set for themselves.
I spent a summer working as a marine biology researcher, doing scientific diving on a research expedition for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. That was in the early days of investigating coral bleaching caused by climate change. Ever since I’ve retained that focus on science, the environment, and sustainability.
Being new here, I’m still looking for my place. I’m interested in joining a Board and being an actively engaged member of the community, so I’m looking for the commitment where my efforts will do the most good.
I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and all sorts of outdoor things, and I read a lot. Right now I’m enjoying “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.” Steven Pinker, the author, makes the case, based on data, that Martin Luther King was correct when he said “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” He argues that in order to survive as a society we have to embrace the ideals of enlightenment, which are reason and science.
My wife Chessa, who has a Master of Science in Information degree, and two sons, 8 and 12. The whole family is thrilled to be here, this is a fabulous community.