Proud of Our Legacy
Launched by a visionary, Rollins College celebrates a long tradition of bringing thought leaders to campus to engage students, faculty, and staff in meaningful dialogue about the world today and its potential for tomorrow. This year, through programs such as the Winter Park Institute, Winter With the Writers, and the Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Artist Fund, Rollins hosted dozens of noted guests, including Jean-Michel Cousteau, Kay Ryan, Alejandro Toledo, and Slavoj Zizek. For all of these big thinkers, visiting Rollins was an opportunity to share their visions. For four of them, it was also a homecoming.
Sandra Jordan ’68
On her fall 2009 return, Sandra Jordan brought two worlds to Rollins: her native Peru and her current home, California. In conjunction with the Winter Park Institute visit of Alejandro Toledo, former Peruvian president, Jordan offered her insights on the marketing potential for alpaca fiber and its evolution from commodity to luxury brand. The Sandra Jordan Collection of handcrafted items, which she launched in 2001, has fueled job creation and training in Peru. Jordan views the enterprise as an investment in a tradition of craftsmanship and a heritage of pride.
Thane Maynard ’76
Thane Maynard returned to the Rollins campus in October 2009 to participate in a Winter Park Institute symposium that examined opportunities and challenges for the new millennium. Maynard joined oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau and environmentalist and policy maker John Cronin in a discussion of the natural world. In his personal life and in his role as director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Maynard strives to tell the story of biological diversity, natural history, and wildlife conservation to the general public. Best known as a writer and a host of numerous wildlife programs, including the daily public radio series the 90-Second Naturalist, he is the author of 13 books on wildlife and has been featured on Good Morning America, TODAY, and CBS. His latest book, Hope for Animals and Their World, which he co-authored with Jane Goodall, was published last year.
Adis Maria Vila ’74
Adis Vila returned to her alma mater this year as a Winter Park Institute Visiting Scholar in Residence. Born in Cuba, the multilingual and multicultural executive spent the academic year offering her insights to Rollins students, teaching Ethics in Organizations and International Business Law in the international business department and speaking on topics such as corporate social responsibility and leadership. Her public lecture on “The Role of State Governments in Attracting Foreign Investments” will be published as an article in the next issue of Law and Business Review of the Americas. Vila was appointed Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture by President George H. W. Bush; Secretary of Florida’s Department of Administration by Governor Bob Martinez; and to positions in the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce and The White House by President Ronald Reagan. A lawyer and former senior academic administrator and business executive, she embarked on a new career five years ago as a professor of international business and international law. Vila was awarded the 1974 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion.
Glenn Miller ’75
Hosted by the Winter Park Institute, Glenn Miller returned to Rollins in November 2009 to present on “The Hubble Space Telescope and What It Has Revealed About Our Universe.” As deputy division head of the information technology services division of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI), Miller is responsible for the organization’s information and computing infrastructure. Since joining STSI in 1983, he has been involved in observatory operations, software development, and information technology. He was instrumental in the design and development of the HST Proposal Entry Processor, Remote Proposal Submission (RPS and RPS2), and Spike Scheduling systems, and was the principal investigator on the Data Reduction Expert Assistant (Draco) project that was supported by NASA’s AISR program. He has received numerous awards for his work.