Faculty, staff bring concerns, ideas to Ramsey
About 160 faculty and staff attended the first of two town hall sessions with President James Ramsey and his leadership team Sept. 20.
President James Ramsey; David Dunn, executive vice president of health affairs; Provost Shirley Willihnganz; and Bill Pierce, EVP of research and innovation, field audience questions.
“The only reason that we’re here today is to hear from you,” Ramsey told the group.
Ramsey, Provost Shirley Willihnganz and Executive Vice Presidents David Dunn and Bill Pierce heard concerns and fielded dozens of questions and suggestions. Topics ranged from how to enforce UofL’s no-smoking policy to how to support the library system, a universitywide resource, and fill vacant faculty posts.
Several people thanked Ramsey and the others for having the town hall meeting.
These meetings are “to help facilitate communication,” Ramsey said.
The session, which had an atmosphere of collegiality and of shared concerns among the administrators and the people in the audience, lasted an hour and a half.
Ramsey thanked people for attending, and the panel left the meeting with several topics they plan to continue to discuss among themselves and with the audience members who brought them to their attention.
“I want to thank my coworkers for being brave enough to bring something up,” said PEACC Director Sharon LaRue of the meeting. “It takes courage to say ‘I’d like to have somebody address this.’ I’m glad (administration is) trying to problem-solve. I hope this leads to further discussion and implementation of issues that people addressed.”
The next town hall meeting will be 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12, in Kornhauser Library at the Health Sciences Center.