Skip was the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma - where I held my first "big girl job" post college graduation. Skip, like Neil, took a chance on me, and I hope felt rewarded in the end. He was the type of boss who when he walked into the room, you sat up a bit straighter, grabbed your pen, and got ready to take notes. I learned a lot from Skip, about how to lead, how not to lead, and how to inspire. We had our differences, but I had a lot of respect for this man.
The funny thing that I remember most about Skip was that his office was so nicely decorated (by his wife), and he was the first person that I really learned how important it was to have a comfortable work space (it didn't hurt that he had his own private bathroom, of which I was strangely envious). I also left working for "Skip" to go and work for "Skid" at the Naval Academy. Confusing? Slightly.