"I was honored to be selected as "Chancellor for a Day" for the month of April 2011. It was an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my professional career."
"My day began at 8:00 a.m. in the Chancellor’s Office. When I first arrived I was immediately taken away by the level of professionalism displayed by the Chancellor’s staff. I was offered coffee and was addressed as Chancellor Williams.”"
Charles Williams is a graduate student in the MBA program and is a Civil Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Civil Engineers. Through his work with the Corps, he hopes to establish direct-long term relationships with FSU and help create more opportunities for FSU students to work with the federal government.
He was FSU’s team leader for the National Business Plan Competition-OFC-Venture Challenge in April 2010. His team defeated 20 other HBCUs and won first place, collecting $15,000 and the right to represent FSU in the International Business Plan Competition (MOOT CORP) scheduled for May 2011. This team is also forming a company (AGT, Inc.) and will market a product developed and patented at FSU.
"When I went into the Chancellor’s Office, I was really surprised by the gifts he had for me. There was an autographed copy of the Chancellor’s book, a portfolio, a Chancellor for a Day shirt, an FSU umbrella, a framed certificate, and other FSU products."
"At 8:30 we attended a vital meeting with the SACS team, which was held in the Chesnutt Library. Since the SACS team only visits once every ten years and is the regional body that accredits the entire university, the meeting was very important. During the meeting, the SACS team was concerned about potential issues involving distance learning. As an MBA student who has taken numerous distance classes, I addressed those concerns with my many positive experiences with the MBA program."
"The next item on our agenda was a 10:00 Cabinet Meeting, which was held in the Chancellor’s conference room. I was able to see firsthand our Chancellors administrative skills as he controlled the meeting while encouraging brainstorming sessions on 'hot' campus issues."
"I joined in the discussions and gave my opinion on certain issues. We were able to discuss the future campus construction, fundraising, and even the FSU brand. The Cabinet Meeting lasted until 12:00 and then we went to lunch."
"The Chancellor and several cabinet members joined me for lunch at the Student Center. I talked with students and was happy to meet Mrs. Anderson and Jazmin Henry who was Chancellor for a Day in February."
"My 'Chancellor for a Day' title quickly became 'Rock Star for a Day', as I perused through the crowded cafeteria shaking hands, taking pictures, and conversing with faculty, staff, and students."
"The next item on the agenda was an introduction to the Administrative Staff. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all personnel, and was impressed with their school pride."
"When meeting with Dr. Conway and Dr. Marsha McLean, we discussed future applicants for an open position. Chancellor Anderson enforced how important it is to hire the right people, which reminded me of one of my favorite books, From Good to Great by Jim Collins."
"Our final meeting of the day was with the Dean of the School of Business and Economics, Dean Tavakoli. I was very excited to be involved with this meeting, since I am a MBA student and had an opportunity to share my views. But my duties did not end here. The next day, at the Honors and Awards Program, I had the honor of introducing the speaker, Kristy Mitchell, former Chancellor for a Day.
"Being Chancellor for a Day has opened my eyes to what it takes to run a large organization. I was really impressed with Chancellor Anderson’s maintained energy levels and memory. What I will cherish the most are the side conversations filled with lessons learned/mentoring that I got from Chancellor Anderson as we were walking to our next meeting."
Charles is a Board Member of the Driven Perfection Youth Foundation (DPYF), which provides support programs for youth to stay focused on their education, emphasizes positive social and character development, and inspires youth to reach their full potential in life. Charles feels that he can reach out to others because of the great leadership and entrepreneurship programs offered to him at FSU and is very excited about giving back to others.
"I have no doubt that April 20, 2011 will be a day that I will never forget!”