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John Rainone


 

Residence: Clifton Forge, VA

Occupation: President, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

First job: I was 16 years old working summers as a clerk in the registry of deeds office in City Hall in Providence, Rhode Island. I would look up (manually) birth, marriage, and death records. It was interesting work, especially when I had the time to explore older records.

Philosophy: My personal philosophy is that of the Rotary International 4-Way Test: The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Favorite music: I would consider my taste eclectic and wide-ranging. My favorite is country.

Favorite TV Show or Movie: Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory, Quantum Leap, and The West Wing. My favorite movie is The Godfather.

Favorite book: The Leadership Challenge – The theme of leadership is for everyone and is based upon leaders at all levels and how “regular people” can make a huge, positive difference in their organizations.

What got me interested in my work: I taught as an adjunct faculty at my local community college and was hooked. This was where I needed to be! The community college was changing the lives of these adult students and when an opportunity occurred to work full-time at this community college, I took it and never looked back.

Success is... When I think of success, I think of the words persistence, learning from failure, hard work, and enthusiasm. If you have these qualities, success will follow.

Pet Peeve: People who are chronically late. A one-off I can understand, but it is incredibly rude to think your time is more valuable than the 15 to 30 minutes you are making me wait.

Favorite Quote: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” –Abraham Lincoln

Current Project: I am currently working on a number of projects including: chairing the board of our local economic development organization as a way to tie workforce needs to economic development and entrepreneurial efforts; determining possible expansion needs of our regional center; and working on clearer pathways between our high schools, the college, and either a university or to the workforce.

What impact has NACCE had on your college's entrepreneurship efforts? NACCE has been a great resource for Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, especially recently as we have expanded our entrepreneurial efforts on campus. This partnership, along with local organizations, have assisted us in creating new workshop offerings, making curriculum modifications, participating in a pitch competition, and getting involved in new small businesses in our community. Ultimately, NACCE has helped us look at new and innovative ways to serve more students and increase our local economy. 


 
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