David Roff

David Roff
Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership, 2016

“Pursuing an education online requires a ton of self-discipline. It is highly rewarding, but you must know that you're able to make that commitment (to yourself) and stick with it.”

David Roff is no stranger to change. In fact, as his organization’s first Change Management Manager, he embraces change.

David obtained a bachelor’s in psychology from Ashford University before deciding to continue his journey by pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership at University of the Rockies. David enrolled in the Organizational Development and Leadership program in 2014, and graduated in the spring of 2016.

Experienced with online education as a result of his time at Ashford, David was equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to jump into the next phase of his educational career at University of the Rockies when the time was right. “I was surprised to see just how much control I had over my own education as a remote student,” said David of his experience with online learning.

Armed with a new degree, David notes that he has already seen his career evolve, transitioning from an exhaustive 70+ hour work week to a more fulfilling career, working on average no more than 50 hours a week.

“The improved work-life balance has been a huge surprise—in a good way,” reflects David.

He has already been able to make unique and valuable new contributions to the vehicle service contract provider where he works and has a vision for the company and himself.

“I hope to build a team of experts who, like myself, help our organization achieve positive impacts for the company's stakeholders,” he said. “My goal is to continue cultivating the organization's appreciation for organizational change management so that I may continue advancing my career.”

Looking forward, David aims to continue leveraging his knowledge toward helping those around him in his career. He’s even mulling the possibility of returning to academia to pursue his doctoral degree.

To prospective students considering pursuing higher education online, David offers: “Pursuing an education online requires a ton of self-discipline. It is highly rewarding, but you must know that you're able to make that commitment (to yourself) and stick with it. Know thyself.”

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