Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts on 20 years of Peirce College employment

At Peirce College, we not only like to celebrate our students' successes, but also our employees' successes. Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President of Academic Advancement, recently celebrated her 20th year with Peirce College. She has held multiple positions during her time at the College and has been an essential component of the growth, development, and achievement of students, faculty, and staff. We asked Dr. Toliver-Roberts a few questions about her time so far at Peirce:

Dr. Toliver-Roberts, please tell us about your personal Peirce College history.

I came to Peirce as an opportunity to give back. As a first-generation undergraduate student, I was successful because of the dedicated staff and faculty who were invested in students’ success and so, I wanted to be part of a community that wanted to make a difference. 

I started at Peirce as an academic counselor/advisor in the Success Center. This center supported at risk students and was supported (in addition to the College) by two grant programs, Act 101 and Student Support Services. During my tenure, I have held the position of Act101 Counselor (academic advisor); Manager, WCAE; Assistant Dean of Students; Dean of Students; and Vice President of Academic Advancement. 

What has kept you at the College for all these years?

There are three points that come immediately to mind,
  1. I genuinely appreciate the people I work with. Peirce employees are hardworking, dedicated individuals who are committed to achieving the mission.
  2. Peirce’s work-life balance culture – as a young professional and for a time, a new parent, Peirce made it possible for me to balance my priorities at work and home without compromise.
  3. Peirce’s work hard/play hard environment. The community pulls together to achieve goals but then takes pause to celebrate achievements and one another.
What are you most proud of during your time here at Peirce College?

Offering graduate education—this was such a wonderful milestone and historic moment for Peirce College. Furthermore, witnessing our first students graduates from our Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management (MSOLM) program [in 2015]. 

Additionally, I am proud that I worked under the leadership of great leaders and mentors, Dr. Patricia Rucker and James Mergiotti.

What advice do you have for students who are looking to find a career, not just a job?

The importance of having a strong work ethic should not be underrated. Your work ethic is basically your professional character and it tells the story about what you will do (or not do) with your skills, experience, and abilities. Let your professional story be positive and promotable and speak for you. 

Congratulations, Dr. Toliver-Roberts, on this memorable landmark in your career! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the College each and every day.