Mr. There (though that does not appear to be a real name), I agree that my previous comment in response to Ms. Curtis was a bit snarky, and, in a way, the type of knee-jerk reaction I first condemned. I do not feel comfortable telling you when and for how long I was at the RPO, simply because I fear it may have been in an attempt to "one-up" me, so to speak, or somehow invalidate my assertion that the RPO was a happy place for me. I also don't think it's relevant within the context of this forum, and let me tell you why:
My initial comment was meant to do nothing more than say something nice about the administration and the people in it that helped my blossoming career, citing my own experiences in no specific detail and claiming no insider-level of expertise. Now, put yourself in my shoes for a minute, and imagine someone responds with something effectively saying "no, that nice, relatively innocuous thing you just said is wrong and here's some blatantly partial evidence as to why." It was frustrating. It was a provocative response, and I was provoked.
I am sure that your experiences also have validity. After all, different people can experience different things at the same organization. I am not saying that mine is the only true experience, but it is the only true experience to which I can personally speak.
I don't think there is anything more I can say, right now, or in response to any future comments, so this will be my last. I will add, though, that I thoroughly enjoyed the article. Thank you, Mary Anna Towler, for helping us RPO fans make sense of it all.
Forgive me, Ms. Curtis. I must have been mistaken, and defer to your second-hand expertise.
As a former RPO employee and intern, who left before Remmereit began but after he was appointed, I must say that the environment there was always positive, welcoming and collaborative. I cannot personally speak to any discord that occurred after I left, but I can say with a fair amount of certainty that Charlie Owens did not appear to have any leadership issues and seemed to be a perfectly reasonable and professional leader while I was there.
Boards do not come to such conclusions through knee-jerk reactions. They consider the mission and all of the stakeholders before coming to their conclusion. It sounds to me more and more like this was the right call to make.
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