Living Our Values Every Day

Living Values

Values are qualities that transform a company’s mission and vision into reality by serving as a foundational compass. Organizations with strong and well-defined values that touch all aspects of business tend to have highly engaged employees and clear priorities. The United States Marines and Disney are two examples on different ends of the spectrum. Values shape an organization’s culture when they are deeply ingrained. Otherwise, they are merely words posted on a wall somewhere.

Ashford University’s Values are aligned to our Mission Statement and Purposes:

  • Empowerment
  • Ingenuity
  • Guidance
  • Quality

We – meaning me and my colleagues – are very lucky to work in higher education and privileged to serve students. Our work has meaning and social value. How many people can say that of their jobs? I know this sentiment can get lost in the hurly-burly of our challenging days and weeks but, when things get tough, I always focus on our values and our mission.

I encourage you to establish values that are true to you, and then live them in everything you do.

Best, Dr. P

Dr. Richard L. Pattenaude is the President and CEO of Ashford University.

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