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Leader Guide: A Message From Vice Chancellor Steve Sosland

Shortly after being named as the fifth Chancellor, Dr. Tedd Mitchell set our visionary priority to implement a journey to create a sustainable values-based culture throughout the Texas Tech University System.

In August 2020, Chancellor Mitchell selected Lieutenant General United States Air Force (Retired) Ronnie Hawkins from a competitive field of over one hundred applicants to serve as President of Angelo State University. He made the decision because of General Hawkins’ lifetime of distinguished service and professional achievement, his shared vision to create a sustainable values-based culture, and his long history of developing and empowering talent in the organizations where he had served in his 37-year military career.

A fundamental character trait Ronnie Hawkins demonstrated throughout his career is a deep commitment to developing people to serve in positions of great responsibility. This Ram Fam Leaders’ Guide introduces the framework of the President’s Academy for Life-long Leaders and the eight points of the compass we will use to guide our journey as we develop people to lead at increasingly higher levels of responsibility at Angelo State University and beyond.

We designed the President’s Academy to be both scalable and customizable. Being scalable means, we will have different offerings for the various levels of leaders throughout the Ram Family, from Students to Senior Leaders among faculty and staff. Being customizable means, we tailor curricula to meet the unique needs of our university colleges and departments.

As Alvin Fine says, “…life is a journey, a sacred pilgrimage, made stage by stage.”

This Ram Fam Leaders’ Guide explains the stages of our leader development journey.

Portrait of Steve Sosland

Warm regards,

Steve Sosland
Vice Chancellor, Leader and Culture Development
Texas Tech University Center