Tarleton Alum Returns to Work…After Retiring

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Mike Leese retired from his Southwestern University position in June, so his wife was more than surprised when he accepted an administrator position at Tarleton State University! What’s more, Leese is a former Tarleton State alum and also worked for the university for 20 years between 1969 to 1989.

Leese is the new executive director of student life development, returning after a 23-year absence. He began his new post on July 2, and says, “I wasn’t ready to retire yet. I was told years ago that, ‘Unless you have definite things to do, don’t do it.’ It’s really our love of Tarleton and I just think I still have some years left to make a difference in the lives of young people.”

He has spent more than 43 years working in higher education, including over three years spent at Texas A&M from 1989 to 1993. From there, he ventured to Southwestern University in Georgetown where he worked until his brief retirement. Leese says he was recruited back to Tarleton by a man he hired back in 1984. Rusty Jergins, vice president of student life, says Leese is a mentor and a good friend.

Adds Leese, “(Jergins) contacted me last August. (My wife and I) were planning on retiring in Stephenville. We started talking on and off during the academic year and it all came together in April.” He says he looks forward to working in a position that will no doubt keep him young at heart and connected to Stephenville youth.

Leese says he got into high education by accident. While working for the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, he was beckoned back to Tarleton by Dean of Men Cecil Ballow and Registrar John Whiting. He notes, “I started in financial aid and knew nothing. (My life) started out not to be as planned. I tell students all time it’s not always the degree that gets you the job first. The job often doesn’t come because of the degree, but the extracurricular activities you do in college.”

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Original Source: Stephenville Empire Tribune

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