It has been 19 years since Theresa Floyd first took a position at Pacific University and since then she has been involved with multiple activities. Floyd’s main focus is the Berglund Center for Internet Studies, of which she is the program coordinator.
According to Floyd, the opportunity to work with students has largely contributed to her continuing work through the center.
“I found and know, from all my experiences here, that the students are very willing to step up,’ said Floyd.
Furthermore, Floyd credits Pacific with having talented and gifted students that have been able to work at the Berglund Center for Internet Studies.
“They are some of the brightest people I have ever worked with,” Floyd said of these students. “They find that they can accomplish things they didn’t think they could.”
When she first came to Pacific in 1994, Floyd was a part of the now dismantled Department of Continuing Education. After the department was closed, BCIS was asked to take over conference services.
Floyd has also worked in human resources, the re-accreditation committee, the staff-steering committee the technology committee and the Matsushita Center for Electronic Learning. Floyd worked alongside colleague Jeffrey Barlow at the Matsushita Center for Electronic Learning and the center eventually became BCIS.
In early November 2013, Floyd announced that she would be retiring in January 2014.
“It’s about that time,” explained Floyd. “I guess I’d have to say I can look around the room and realize that some of these kid could be my grandchildren.”
Although Floyd looks forward to spending her retirement with her husband, she admits that no longer working with students will be a difficult change. She does hope that she will still be able to mentor students, though.
“I do want my freedom and time and flexibility,” said Floyd. “But I still want to be giving and doing something that helps to make a change for others.”