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Spotlight On: White Plains Campus Operating Officer Ted Havelka
Berkeley College Campus Operating Officers (COOs) at the New Jersey and New York campuses, plus Berkeley College Online®, have a variety of responsibilities, including, but not limited to, overseeing day-to-day operations, finances, student and staff retention, space management, community outreach, and monitoring training and professional development programs.
At each campus, there are always new challenges and new opportunities. Though the needs vary, the COOs all agree that they love mentoring, coaching, and discovering the potential in their students.
White Plains Campus Operating Officer Ted Havelka discusses the residential community and being inspired by student success.
What kinds of skills have you learned or developed since coming to Berkeley College?
Berkeley College has provided opportunity and experience in leading teams and motivating students. Every day I learn something new since I get to work with students from all over the country and world. Some are experiencing White Plains, NY, for the first time as they move into the residence halls. Others are Westchester County professionals learning a new skill and changing careers. And some are veterans training for the civilian workforce. Every day I learn something from my amazing students and their experiences.
What excites you about your job?
How is your Berkeley College campus unique?
The White Plains campus is the residential campus for the College. We have students from 22 states and over 12 countries that live here, and a residential campus gives us a traditional feel. We have students who have driven across the country, who have taken a train from the Midwest, and have taken a bus from the south to get to our campus. I’m pleased that White Plains is ranked as one of the top places in New York to live and work, and it is quickly becoming a destination for those starting their careers in a variety of business and healthcare fields.
What or who inspires you? Who are your role models or mentors?
Student success inspires me. Hearing about a student who gets an internship at the Showtime Network or one who gets a promotion in the surgical department at White Plains Hospital are the things that make me smile and that I talk about on the weekends.
What advice do you have for prospective students/current students/graduates?
Say yes to opportunities. Show up, be up, and have fun. Do things that challenge you and see how you do. My first role at Berkeley College was giving classroom workshops to high school students. That experience helped develop skills that I use today to lead the team that is here to help students succeed.
Contact Ted Havelka at 914-694-1122 ext. 3101 or Ted-Havelka@BerkeleyCollege.edu.