FOR THE PUBLIC: Tina Ludutsky-Taylor
Name: Tina Ludutsky-Taylor
Town where I live: Grass Valley
My job title: Provost, Sierra College-Nevada County Campus
What I do in my job: I am the site administrator for the campus, responsible for all instructional and student support services. I supervise all faculty and classified staff.
Why my job is important to the public: I provide leadership to “the community’s college.”
The special skills and talents I bring to my job: Besides almost 30 years of experience in higher education as a counselor, chief student services officer, program development coordinator, instructional division head, and chief instructional officer, I bring an ability to listen, analyze and find creative solutions to solve problems, a sense of humor, and most importantly, an ability to create teams and develop the talents of the people I work with. The opening of the Sierra College-Nevada County Campus was also my second experience in opening a brand new campus.
The best part of my job is when: I can see that I have made a difference in a student’s life or when I know I have positively impacted my community.
The part of my job I that I like the least: Paperwork, bureaucracy and inability to get closure on a timely basis.
A day of work I’ll always remember was: The first graduation ceremony at the Sierra College-Nevada County Campus.
How I got my job: My husband made a career move to Sacramento (It was his turn). I wasn’t going to move anywhere until I found the job that I wanted. We had a commuter marriage for two and a half years, during which I conducted a proactive job search. When I saw the job announcement for the Sierra College-Nevada County Campus position, I knew it was a perfect fit.
How long I’ve been working here: Seven and a half years.
My dream job would be: I’m in my dream job.
My family: My husband, Allen; my mother, “Charlie;” a brother and sister; and two nieces.
My hobbies: The Sierra College-Nevada County Campus. More seriously, reading; gardening (great for stress reduction); and white water rafting, which I don’t get very much time for.
When I was a kid, I: Played “hooky” from school with my mom, “Charlie,” to go see Broadway plays.
If money were no object: I would build out the rest of the Sierra College-Nevada County Campus.
My dream vacation: An architectural tour of Italy with my husband, who is an architect.
If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: A tall person with LONGGGG LEGS.
The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My mom, my husband, and all the people who mentored me during my career.
My hero: My mom, “Charlie,” who came by herself to the United States from the Ukraine when she was 10 years old.
The best book I’ve read lately was: “John Adams,” by David McCullough. My undergraduate degree was in history, and I taught high school American History. David McCullough provides incredible insight into the thinking of our founding fathers and provides a prospective on the relationships among them that I never heard as a history major.
The soundtrack to my life would include: Songs from Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, and George Gershwin.
I like living in Nevada County because: The people of this community have embraced me and the Sierra College-Nevada County Campus since I came here seven and a half years ago. This is a beautiful place with beautiful people, even though we can be incredibly polarized sometimes.
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