Q and A with Debi Rutledge

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by Christian Todd
Staff Writer

Debi Rutledge is the director of advising at Rochester College

What is your position at RC?

“I am the director of advising. The Advising Department is newly formed. My job is to be the vision caster. The important part is that we help out students.”

What brought you to RC and why do you choose to work here?

“I have been at RC forever. I have come to RC as a student. I believe in the mission of the college. Teenagers and young adults are my favorite.”

What’s the easiest and hardest part of your job? Why?

“The easiest is advising the students. The hardest part is dealing with problems.”

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

“Watching students grow from the time as freshmen to senior to finishing their degree and watching their transformation.”

What do you do outside of your job to stay sane, relieve stress, etc.?

“I like photography, I take my dog to the dog park, and I hang out with teenagers at the Rochester Church of Christ.”

Where did you grow up? Describe.

“I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I lived in the suburbs, which is much like here. I grew up in the church and went to a fairly large high school.”

What is your favorite thing to do in the Rochester area? Or in Michigan?

“I like to walk. I like to be outside. I love Yates Cider Mill in the fall.”

What is your most prized possession?

“I don’t really have a prized possession. I suppose my photo books. I value my relationships over things.”

What is your most embarrassing moment?

“I decline to answer that.”

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?

“Probably my husband’s health issues because he wasn’t able to work for about nine years. He is working again now.”

Who was your biggest influence?

“I don’t really have a who. My faith has been my biggest influence.”