Robert Balsamo, 2013
- Coordinator II Academic Support Center
- DSC employee since 11/1/2005
Degrees and schools where awarded: Master Of Science in Organizational Behavior, University Of Hartford; Bachelor of Science Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology.
Career/Professional honors: Honorable discharge United States Air Force; member Association of Florida Colleges; presenter at Florida Gateway College Academic Support Center Conference; Branch Service Manager of the Year, Xerox Corp.
Outside interests: Buffalo Bills; watching the PGA and realizing I can never be a great golfer; cruises and road trips/
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I worked for Xerox Corp. as a training manager and branch service manager; president of my own consulting company; manager at General Electric; adjunct professor for four Rochester, NY colleges/universities.
What professional projects are you working on right now? Maximizing the use of our Academic Support Center staff to develop concepts that allow students to optimize academic resources for their individual success.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? The growth of the college. Daytona State over the last eight years has expanded degree and certificate programs, improved technologies and implemented new educational concepts.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? See Daytona State College become Daytona State University.
In life? Retire and have a continuous vacation with Helen and, of course, our cats Sammy and Oliver.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? From my father. Always give 100 percent to what you do in life and you will be successful.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I played baseball in the Air Force, and when I was discharged, I was offered a minor league contract.
Last book read:Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Trustworthy, Honest, Team Player
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: My wife Helen, her mother Dorothy, my parents Russell and Josephine.
The Daytona State of Mind to me is a college that has growth in mind, but has not abandoned the needs of the community. DSC in my view is still and always will be a community college.