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What Is It Like to Serve in Governance? An Interview With Steve Taylor

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Category: Governance

Published: Nov 4 2016 12:00AM

In December, Steve Taylor will mark his 30th anniversary of employment at Montgomery College. He is currently the manager of building services on the Rockville Campus. Steve served on the inaugural Rockville Campus Council and is now in his second year as chair of that council.

MC Governance (MC): What motivated you to serve in governance?

Steve Taylor (ST): I like to be involved and to help do my part to shape how things go and to make things work better.

MC: What is it really like to be a council member? What do you actually do?

ST: There is some work involved--you have to attend meetings, meet with constituents, read, read, and read some more about all of the things going on at the College. You also have to provide input and insight to instituted or proposed action by the College.

MC: What would you consider a few of the most important accomplishments of governance?

ST: Overall there have been several things that have happened as a result of governance: the proposed Employee Code of Conduct that has been recommended for implementation, safety enhancements were made at the Rockville Campus during the construction process, and also governance helped replenish the food pantry.

MC: Do you think governance makes an impact on the College? If so, how?

ST: Governance can have an impact, but in order for it to work, it must be utilized and it must be respected as a viable part of the institution. I think some impact has been made in how policies are written and also in ensuring that operational things are addressed and fixed. I think certain things shouldn't have to go through the governance process to be changed only because sometimes it can be a long and arduous process, and someone in the institution is already empowered to enact the desired change. It just has to be put on their radar.

MC: What advice would you give to someone considering whether to serve?

ST: Get involved, get engaged, stay aware, and stay awake. Speak up!

MC: Are there ways for people who aren't formally on a council to participate?

ST: Yes. They can inform their representatives of issues and/or concerns and how they are affecting services or safety on the campus or throughout the College.

This article is one in a continuing series. To read about the experiences of other governance members, please visit the governance website:

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