When he speaks, students listen. When he stops speaking, most people wish he’d continue. Rick Normington is an individual who is capable of captivating an entire room with his business knowledge gained from more than 30 years of private sector work, and he is always willing to assist or mentor anyone who crosses his path.
“Everybody deserves the same opportunity to learn,” Normington said.
At Sierra Nevada College, Normington holds the titles of dean of Business, dean of Continuing and Online Education, and the Harold Walters Siebens Entrepreneurship chair. He’s also certified in management consulting and has received multiple awards including an honorary doctorate degree.
“If I look at the accomplishments in my whole life, I’d have to say that the differences that I’ve made in the lives of students are the most rewarding. Everything else, those are treasures you can’t take with you. They are transitory achievements,” Normington said. “But every student that I can assist to have a more fulfilling life, well, that is something that will live on and have an impact after I can’t teach anymore.”
Long before he became a teacher, Normington helped shape the lives of his employees. One of them was Afshin Mohebbi, who was originally an engineer at Pacific Bell. With Normington’s guidance, Mohebbi transitioned over to the sales department and eventually went on to become the president of British Telecom and Qwest.
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