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College & West High
April 11, 2013
Who: Steve Riccio, director of staff development
What: In addition to launching the Higher Education Leadership Institute of Central Pennsylvania (in collaboration with Bucknell University and Gettysburg College), Riccio is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of International Business & Management (IB&M), where he teaches Human Resource Management (HRM). “About four years ago, faculty in IB&M felt it was important to offer this course,” Riccio says. “Many students in the program aspire to management positions, and HRM offers them a framework for critical supervisory responsibilities such as employment law, performance and talent management, benefits, compensation and employee relations.”
Where: Althouse 207
How: Since joining Dickinson in 2006, Riccio has built a management development program; numerous interpersonal-communications, personal-development and team-building workshops; monthly supervisory roundtable discussions; and an administrative assistant certificate program. He’s also introduced the campus community to the leadership canon: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Crucial Conversations, Emotional Intelligence and Change Anything.
“Having employees engaged in their own personal development and wellness is critical to any organization,” he says. “The programs support employees at all stages of their careers. They provide support in terms of work-life balance and help departments and teams work through challenges they face—from navigating through conflicts to goal setting.”
An avid runner and advocate for health and wellness, Riccio served five years as associate head coach of the women’s tennis team and established the Holistic Health Incentive Program, which rewards employees for participating in the college’s wellness offerings. The programs make business sense: In 2011, Dickinson garnered the Wellness Council of America’s Gold Workplace Award, and the college’s health-care premiums remain well below the national average.
Why: “While I was a corporate trainer and organizational consultant, I always had aspirations to someday work in higher education,” Riccio says. “My undergraduate experience was very meaningful to me, and there were some very influential people who helped me find my passion. I still look back on those experiences and want to give back to our students in any way I can.”