SARASOTA, Fla. (May 5, 2015) – College of Business instructor Ross Alander has retired from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, though he says he intends to stay busy in his golden years.
Alander, 71, who left after the spring term, said he felt “it was time to go,” after first “coming down here 10 to 15 years ago to teach on Saturdays.”
A former vice president for Human Resources at Tampa General Hospital, Alander parlayed his part-time teaching role into a full-time position at the university, teaching principals of management, negotiations, international management and human resources.
“Back then, it was part of New College. It was nice. It was a small college and you really got to know the people there.”
A Vietnam veteran, Alander also served as faculty advisor to the Student Veteran Society, a role that had him interacting regularly with veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Working with those young men and women, it was very satisfying,” he said. “They are a wonderful group of young people coming back.”
As far as the future, Alander, who lives in Tampa, said he’s looking forward to more golf, but it won’t be all fun, adding he’ll also continue working as a labor negotiator and arbitrator through his consulting business, Alander Consulting. Alander also handles farmworker labor issues.