Rose State College President Jeanie Webb was awarded the 2015 Midwest City Chamber of Commerce Visionary Leader Award at the annual Midwest City Chamber Banquet.
This award is given to those who demonstrate a sense of vision, leadership and create ideas for growth.
This is the second time the award has been given out. Advantage Bank present Webb with the award.
“At first, I was honestly shocked and then extremely honored. When you love and are passionate about what you do, you do not expect external rewards or recognitions. The reward is in the process of “doing” and “seeing” the changes around you. And there are a lot of changes to see at Rose State,” said Webb.
In the three years that Webb has been president, she has successfully managed a $22 million bond project that has led to an updated Aquatic Center and a renovation of the Learning Resource Center.
She has also overseen the introduction of men’s and women’s soccer as a varsity intercollegiate sport in 2014. Student housing was finished in 2015, which welcomed 170 students a chance to live closer to campus.
It has been noted that Webb hopes to have a renovation of the Student Center to include a student union next year after the bond projects are completed. Overall enrollment is up more than one percent this spring and enrollment of first-time students is up 15 percent.
“One of our goals as the Board of Regents is for our college to make an impact in our community. There were 200 community members at this banquet. This award speaks well of the College and speaks volumes of our leader. The nature of this award was a little different than those given in the past; this award was given to someone who is a mover and a shaker and thinks outside of the box,” said Steve Coleman, chairman of the Board of Regents.
Dr. Webb joined RSC as associate vice president of External Affairs in 1998. She later became vice president of Student Affairs in 2000. In her time at RSC she has remained close to the students through the leadership program, which has now grown from 20 students to 150 students.
“My greatest challenge is balance. Like most working parents, there are not enough hours in the day or days in the week to accomplish all that needs to be accomplished for your family or for your work. I am extremely fortunate and blessed to have a family that supports me and understands the challenges I face daily,” Webb said.
Webb has stated that she looks forward to what tomorrow brings for the growth of the college and the communities surrounding it.