(This is an excerpt from an article that will appear in the Fall 2014 Westminster Review Magazine.)
For Cid Seidelman, 34 years at Westminster has been all about transformation. While working to transform Westminster into a powerful environment for learning, Cid also reinvented himself several times, from economics professor, to dean of the business school, then provost.
Cid came to Westminster in 1980, and the wild haired, casual economics professor was an unlikely college administrator. He seemed more the type to protest against the “man” than become one.
Cid did know how to play hard, but only because he worked even harder. In 1981 he became director of the economics program. There was no economics major before Cid. He started it on his own, and later was joined by Westminster’s version of the Rat Pack, Watkins and Chapman. Those were lean times at Westminster, but Cid was not deterred. He was a teaching machine who still holds the record for the most credit hours taught in a single year.
Cid gradually traded in his t-shirts and shorts for suits and ties. He was appointed director of the MBA program where he guided the program through a critical change from a Master of Management to a MBA format. Then he became Dean of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business in 1990. During 13 years as dean, Cid initiated several new academic programs, guided the school through accreditation, and led the planning, funding and implementation of the college’s $7.4 million Sam and Aline Skaggs Flight Operations Program.
In 2003 Cid became Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. As Provost, he led Westminster through a paradigm shift from a teaching-centered to a learning centered institution. Eportfolios, experiential learning, cross-disciplinary programs, new centers and institutes, campus internationalization, community and outdoor engagement, and college accreditation renewal are just a few of Cid’s many achievements...