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Thomas and Tutt close out long careers at Flagler

Sep 20, 2013
by Staff

Both Stephen Thomas and Rosemary Tutt came to teaching after long, successful careers in private industry. But they say the time they spent working with students was the most rewarding. Thomas and Tutt both retired this past spring.

Thomas came to Flagler in 2003 after more than 30 years in the business world working for companies such as Winnebago Industries, Toastmaster, Newell Rubbermaid and Black and Decker. His teaching career started as an adjunct instructor in an Organizational Behavior class.

“Teaching was always in the back of my mind,” said the assistant professor of business administration. “When I applied for full-time, I was originally planning on staying for three or four years. But here it is seven years later.”

Thomas believes his 30-plus years in marketing and management was a boon to Flagler students.

“I tell them that if I can teach you to not make the same mistakes I have made throughout my career, then the class will have been successful,” he said.

Tutt, an assistant professor of communication who taught public relations, came to Flagler in 2004. She said seeing students succeed in their field was the biggest perk of teaching.

“What I will miss the most is when a student who is unsure of his or her career path comes to the realization that public relations is the field they want to embrace,” she said.

She began teaching at Flagler after serving as the public relations department chair at Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1999 to 2004. Prior to her teaching career, she served as a professional public relations consultant with her own full-service PR agency.

She said one of her greatest achievements was the creation of the Dow Advantage Group, a student-run public relations agency serving nonprofit clients in the St. Augustine area.

“We now have 17 student members and eight clients, and the list of potential clients continues to grow,” she said.

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