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A Big UK Welcome to Dr. Janie Heath

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:25

On Monday, I had the pleasure of sending the following email to the UK campus. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Janie Heath, the new Dean of the UK College of Nursing, to the UK family. 

Dear Colleagues and Students,

I am very pleased to announce that Janie Heath has accepted our offer to be the Dean of the UK College of Nursing as well as holder of the Warwick Professorship in Nursing.

Dr. Heath, who is currently the associate dean of Academic Programs and the Thomas Saunders III Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, will take over as dean at UK on Aug. 1, pending Board approval.

As associate dean at UVA's School of Nursing, Dean Heath is the chief academic officer responsible for the quality and integrity of education of the Commonwealth of Virginia's flagship nursing program. She also has a long and distinguished scholarly record at Virginia and other notable institutions of higher learning in Georgia, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. over a nearly 40-year career.

She is a widely recognized national leader in nursing education, tobacco control and health care outreach. That emphasis and quality, as well as many other attributes, make her an ideal fit for this important College and its continued leadership in health care and service.

Nurses are on the front lines of health care and service throughout our Commonwealth and beyond. Our nationally ranked College of Nursing not only educates nursing leaders but also conducts critical research and outreach efforts regarding many of Kentucky's most pressing health challenges, such as smoking and heart disease.

Dr. Heath received strong marks from the search committee and from groups within the college that she met with when visiting with us earlier. In turn, she has told me and many others that she was deeply attracted to this position because of the College's longstanding reputation for excellence, its outstanding students, faculty and staff, and its commitment to innovation in health-care delivery.

I also want to take a moment to thank Pat Howard, who has been serving as our interim dean since late 2012. I often say that people make the place. Dean Howard is an example of the best of that statement -- someone committed to leadership and service and doing what it takes to continue to move our College and University forward as we strive to honor our mission of education, research and service for the Commonwealth and beyond.

I hope you will join me in thanking Pat for her service, which of course will continue.

I also hope you will join me now in welcoming Dean Heath to our UK family. She is married to Mike Heath, a retired US Army Colonel who was the pharmacy consultant to the US Army Surgeon General. They have three married children and four grandchildren living in Charlotte, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina.

We look forward to Dean Heath's arrival this summer as we continue our critically important work and service together.

All the best,

Christine Riordan 

"see tomorrow." Speaker Series: A National Higher Ed Expert Comes to Campus

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 18:05

After an extremely successful kickoff to the "see tomorrow Speaker Series" led by UK educational policy professor John Thelin, I'm very excited to welcome the next expert who will speak to our community. David Attis, a national expert who advises institutions across the country, will deliver two presentations on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Room 206 of the Student Center.  

David Attis is a practice manager with the Education Advisory Board (EAB), a national consultancy that works with colleges and universities across the country. Before joining the EAB, he served as senior director of policy studies at the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan organization of university presidents, labor leaders and CEOs dedicated to increasing the country's economic competitiveness through innovation.

Dr. Attis will discuss research in American higher education at 9 a.m., and major trends in education at 3 p.m., both times in Room 206 of the Student Center.

I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Attis speak just a few months ago, at the October Board of Trustees retreat where he gave a presentation on trends in American higher education. I look forward to hearing his insight and expertise a second and third time today.

This speaker series is a wonderful opportunity for our community to stay informed and engaged in the Strategic Plan-- a critical process for our institution. Successful Strategic Plans are living documents, and this series is a key component of that effort -- an ongoing initiative designed to include our entire campus in the conversation about UK's future.

Currently six work groups, comprised of more than 100 faculty, staff and students, are working on the development of the plan, which will be taken to the Board of Trustees in June.

The University Senate and Office of the Provost are co-sponsoring the speaker series.

I hope you can make one or both of the sessions. If not, a podcast of both sessions will be available at:

Strong Leadership Fueled by Empathetic Listening

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 13:03

We live in a time of tremendous challenge – and, in many ways, opportunity – in higher education. So at no time has leadership, fueled by collaboration and partnership, been more important.

In a recent article for Harvard Business Review, I discuss an essential component of strong leadership: empathetic listening. Henry Ford once remarked that a secret of success in life lies in an ability to put oneself in another person’s place, in order to see things from his/her point of view –in addition to one’s own.

Strong leaders must truly care about other people's perspectives on an issue; this empathy, combined with active listening, provides the key to success.

I'm honored to work with such a wonderful team of leaders-- people that exemplify these characteristics of leadership every day in their important work. 

I hope you enjoy the article.  Read the full article here.

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