During the summer of 2014 we organized four consultation sessions and a number of one-on-one interviews with a cross-section of faculty and librarians to explore how we could best move forward collegially as a University.

Accordingly, I presented a number of important initiatives at University Assembly in August 2014:

  1. Clarify the roles and status of Senate committees and procedures.
  2. Recommend that Senate create an executive or agenda committee that would set the collegial agenda for each year.
  3. Increase collegial discussion amongst the Faculties of Arts, Science, and Social Sciences to improve planning, decision-making, and professional development of future chairs, deans, and vice-presidents.
  4. Establish a Presidential Budget Advisory Committee that includes faculty, student, and staff participation.
  5. Create, present, and communicate a long-term staffing strategy.
  6. Reconfirm and support the primary role of teaching excellence at Mount Allison and ensure teaching facilities and resources are considered in the context of space planning.
  7. Develop a research statement and strategy that clarifies the role, place, and character of research at Mount Allison.  
  8. Expand the range and number of public celebrations of professional accomplishments.
  9. Create a collegial Advancement Advisory Council to provide input on fundraising priorities.
  10. Initiate a collegial process and discussion on space planning and utilization that will help update the Campus Master Plan.
  11. Create a process to develop the University’s Strategic Statement in 2015-16.