Profession: Retired Dean, Extended University and Summer Session, the University of Arizona
June Dempsey retired as dean of The University of Arizona’s Extended University and Summer Session in 1994. She helped to establish this newly created college to replace the University’s Continuing Education College. Extended University served over 50,000 learners enrolled in credit and non-credit courses, certificate programs and continuing education courses throughout the United States. Elderhostel programs, television courses, high school and college correspondence courses, travel study offerings around the world, second chance programs for adults, online courses, and English as a Second Language courses were among the many offerings.
Dr. Dempsey is currently serving on the National Leadership Council of The University of Arizona Foundation as well as vice president of the America Israel Friendship League. She and her husband reside in La Jolla, California.
Words You Live By: Kindness brings untold rewards
Who inspired or inspires/inspired you and why? My dream as a kid was to become a teacher and coach because of the many inspiring teachers and coaches she had in the Detroit Public schools.
What is the best and worst decision you’ve ever made? The best decision I ever made was to marry the man I met as a freshman at Albion College. The worst decision I ever made was not learn to speak at least one second language.
Who inspired or inspires you and why? My parents who devoted their lives to encouraging and supporting their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They taught me the meaning of unconditional love. My parents also encouraged me to pursue my dreams wherever they might lead and to continue my educational pursuits by helping care for our children and grandchildren.
What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders? Choose a career that is your passion. It’s never work when you are passionate about what you are doing. Don’t let any obstacles stand in your way. Look for a mentor to guide you and be a mentor to others.
What’s one key leadership lesson you’ve learned along the way? The most important parts of leadership are to choose your staff, employees and partners wisely, to give praise and recognition when it’s due and say thank you for all the assistance you receive.
Pearls of Wisdom: Always follow your passion even if it means taking risks. Boldly accept new challenges. Choose your role models wisely. Be generous with your praise.