By Casey S. Elliott
Ohio University Board of Trustees Chairman C. Robert Kidder met with Faculty Senate Monday to discuss his goals in the upcoming year for the university.
Kidder stressed a desire to improve constituent relations and communication, clarity in the university's goals and planning for the future of the university.
Kidder answered questions from senators on the role of the board, the chairman's outlook on the University System of Ohio, his reasons for serving on the Board of Trustees, the presidential evaluation process, university affordability and the financial health of the university.
"Certainly I do believe if we all could gain agreement on what are the strategic priorities of this institution, that will take us a long way," he said, responding to a question on how to improve communication between university constituents and the board. "It's one of my goals in this role is to try to improve communication. That includes making sure we have the input of all constituencies that have strong points of view early enough in the process that they can influence the outcome."
Kidder, recently tapped to serve as chairman of Chrysler Group, said he has a passion for higher education and wants to bring positive change at the university.
Faculty Senate also unanimously passed two resolutions relating to Graduate Council -- one clarifying grievance procedures and a second one updating titles on the council's composition.
David Descutner, University College dean and interim executive vice provost, gave the provost's report. The report outlined University System of Ohio guidelines for the determination of Centers of Excellence and gave an enrollment update. To view the provost's full report, click here (PDF format, Oak login required).