When Bobbie sent me an email weeks ago asking me to write a “send off” to Mike Schroder I knew that I wanted it to be special. Mike’s last day is Friday, July 15th and in just a few short weeks he’ll begin his next adventure as the Dean of Extended Learning at California State University, San Marcos.  I have been an employee of Towson for the past 5 years and worked for Mike my entire tenure. Tasks have changed, co workers have left and moved on, offices have moved more times than I can remember, we have had successes and defeats, and dealt with the loss of a dear co worker and friend.

Mike is a boss who truly cares about his employees both professionally and personally. The considerate “personal” aspect of Mike’s demeanor I have witnessed firsthand. Within my five years working under Mike I have gotten married and had two children. Mike was one of the people I looked forward to sharing my good news with because I knew that no matter how buried Mike was in task orders, budget issues, and meetings, he was going to be genuinely happy for me and my family. Because of this I feel that Mike’s character, easy going personality and positive attitude are his strongest assets. Trish Roger, of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute said, “Mike is a champion. It seems nothing has been too big or too small for him to tend to. He is an incredible human being and he will be greatly missed.”  This could not be truer. Mike has the ability to find a healthy balance in work and life that is truly admirable.

On the professional side, Mike is passionate about the success of his employees and the success of our overall division and the University as a whole. Jackie Gratz, the Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute stated, “Mike has given unending support to the programs of the Osher Institute and under his leadership and guidance, Osher has been awarded three grants and then an endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation.  Mike was instrumental in securing Osher’s classroom space at 7400 York Road and then recently increasing that space.   It has been such a pleasure working with Mike; we will miss him tremendously and we extend congratulations to him and wish him the best in his upcoming endeavor.”

As hard as it’ll be to see Mike head west, I look forward to hearing of the Schroder’s adventures under the California sun.  CSU is so very lucky to get to know Mike and his family. I know that no matter what life hands them Mike will find a way to have fun, be successful and hopefully find time to keep in touch!

Best of luck, Mike!