Not Exactly RetiringWritten by Alex Egan
After serving as the Dean for the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture for six years, Weldon Sleight is retiring.
Since taking over as the Dean of the University Of Nebraska College Of Technical Agriculture in Curtis in 2006, a lot has changed on the campus.
"When we started looking at ourselves and saying how do we make this happen, how do we make an impact on Nebraska. We determined that this small campus didn't have enough capital facilities,” says Weldon Sleight, Retiring Dean, NECTA.
Those buildings include the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center, new residence halls, a student union, and adding on the Veterinarian Teaching School.
In all $15 million has been spent to attract new students.
"One thing I know and that is that big ideas don't to be thought only by big institutions, small institutions can think them as well,” says Sleight.
It's that attitude that has helped grow the College to what it is today, and will help sustain that growth for the future.
"I'll miss the people. I love Nebraskans. In fact I think I am one. My great, great-grandfather was a farmer in Nebraska. And this is just a tremendous place. I look forward to keeping an association with Nebraska for forever,” says Sleight.
At the end of December Sleight will be retiring from his position and moving back to his native Idaho.
"I have a daughter in Idaho that has had some severe health problems, and so my wife has been out there for the past year and I'm not a good bachelor,” says Sleight.
His attitude is positive and he won't be retired in the sense that many people think.
For some retiring means sitting on a sandy beach or moving to a mountain town.
"I just can't see myself going out to Idaho and retiring and finding a rocker, and rocking away, that won't work for me,” says Sleight.