President Stenger updates full faculty

By Katie Ellis| November 20, 2013

There is never a lack of information when President Harvey Stenger gives his semi-annual address to the full faculty. Since the last update, much has happened, beginning with the well-known visitors to campus: Tony Kornheiser, the Cake Boss, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Barack Obama.

A number of administrative reorganizations also took place in June and July, Stenger said, beginning with the naming of Donald Nieman as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost with budget and space responsibilities. Stenger also establish the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Valerie Hampton as its director; renamed and streamlined the Division of External Affairs to the Division of Advancement; and moved Auxiliary Services to the Division of Student Affairs.

“Auxiliary Services includes dining services and that’s what students complain about most, so I thought we should give it to Brian Rose and student affairs,” Stenger said.

Next, Stenger reviewed the enrollment and hiring process, noting that the University’s has set an aggressive goal to hire 150 net new faculty over a five-year period as part of NYSUNY 2020, but we’re on track to meet the goal.

“The Road Map is also still out there,” Stenger said. “We’re now working on how to measure our progress and come up with metrics that are accurate to see how well we are doing.”

After reviewing four of the 46 projects that have moved forward under the Road Map’s five strategic priorities – Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAEs), the Center for Learning and Teaching, new teaching spaces and the school of pharmacy proposal) − Stenger turned to the Road Map Steering Committee, which has been expanded and includes students as well as foundation and alumni board representatives.

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