Hi! As co-champions for TransformUS, the two of us are launching this periodic blog to provide relevant and timely updates about the university’s prioritization and finances. We also want to create opportunity for direct discussion by members of the U of S community with us and with each other.
As a reminder to those who might not know us, Brett Fairbairn is Provost and Vice-President Academic, and as such is responsible for university academic and planning processes, including the alignment of university resources with our priorities, as well as for students, faculty, and academic programs. Greg Fowler is Vice-President Finance and Resources, in which role he is responsible for the stewardship of the university’s staff, finances, buildings, and administrative processes. Together with PCIP (the provost’s committee on integrated planning) we will be responsible for developing an implementation plan resulting from TransformUS.
Both of us have been associated with this university for a long time. We know many of its people and units, and care deeply about them. As senior administrators, our job is to put the interest of the whole university first and come up with the best outcomes for all. This blog will help us do that.
We will share ideas, reflections, and questions that are on our minds as we consider the TransformUS reports, the discussions across the campus, and what is going on outside the university in the world of higher education.
You can expect to hear from us regularly, though we will not follow a specific schedule.
We encourage you to submit your thoughts about topics you would like us to cover in future blog posts.
We encourage you to comment and to ask questions. Depending on the number of comments and questions, it will not likely be possible for us to respond to every posting. We will try to shape our own postings in part to reflect what others ask us about.
We expect this blog to adhere to the values of an engaged academic community, which means both openness and respectful discourse. We ask you to participate in ways that are respectful of everyone, including of people with varying views and opinions in this phase of the process.
So here is the disclaimer: comments and questions are welcome and encouraged, although they must not contain inappropriate or insulting language. All comments will be monitored and we reserve the right to delete, remove, or edit comments, or to close the comment forum, on the basis only of inappropriate or insulting language. If we edit, remove, or delete comments we will indicate that we have done so.
So now we are open for business. We will be sharing what’s on our minds. What’s on yours?
Brett and Greg