I recently had the honor and privilege to work on a special funding project with Big Bend Community College President Dr. Terry Leas. I was treated with the utmost respect and saw firsthand the competency, professionalism and genuine care Dr. Leas has for the students, faculty and administration and community. I am confident and pleased to say he is a blessing to this area in so many ways. He actually really cares to provide the best in any way he can and has demonstrated exemplified diligence and leadership to ensure all needs are being met, no matter what mountains need to be moved. Like a child in a candy store, he is eager to find solutions and eager to work with others to ensure success. He is positive, smart and focuses on helping others flourish in their gifts and talents. He radiates the energy, “Hi, I am Terry. How can I help you succeed?”
Recently there was a report that “appeared to be fishing for negativity,” and it is my unwavering strong opinion that the problem was outside the scope of the targets, because the real issue stems from lack of adequate funding. His compassion and empathy, in understanding others’ frustrations and care to remedy the issues, was a boost in ensuring optimal funding not just for Big Bend Community College, but for all community colleges, technical institutes and universities in Washington state. And he is not stopping, he is searching for more.
Dr. Leas you are to be commended for your mentorship, leadership and genuine care that contributed to ascertaining even more funding than originally intended and expected for all. So I ask the public to stand with me and when you see him, smile, shake his hand and say thank you, where much gratitude is deserved.