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: http://www.uky.edu/strategic-plan/resources/speaker-series
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.
At my four-month anniversary as a proud member of the University of Kentucky team, I am excited to provide the campus with an update on what we have achieved together.
I am reminded daily that people really do make the place. And this is a special place. I have truly enjoyed getting to know you. And, I want to say thank you so much for all of the work you are doing.
With a focus on people, job number 1 in the Provost's office is to support -- and advocate for -- the work of our faculty and staff as they advance the teaching, research and service missions of Kentucky's indispensable institution. Here are a few key updates on our office’s efforts and progress in supporting your work:
·Mission of Provost’s Office Team. The Provost’s Office senior leadership team and I are really focusing on what our vision and mission as an office should entail. At its core, we must be a resource for the campus, one that empowers the work of faculty, staff and students. Here is a review of our vision of the office. http://www.uky.edu/provost/office-provost-resource-entire-campus
·Structure of Provost’s Office. To maximize our efforts toward that end, we've restructured the provost's office, ensuring that student success at all levels is fundamental to everyone's efforts and job descriptions. We've also continued to streamline our organization to strengthen that focus and support the work of faculty and staff. Here is our new structure. http://www.uky.edu/provost/about/organizational-chart
As part of our reorganization, we've used an open position to fill the critical post of Executive Director of Strategic Planning. Kirsten Turner, who has served in senior leadership positions including Chief of Staff in the College of Arts & Sciences for the last nine years, will officially join us in January to lead the Office of Strategic Planning. She already, though, has started working with us as this effort takes off.
·Major Initiatives. In particular, the Provost’s Office is helping lead a number of major initiatives – expansion of our Living Learning Programs, a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion, enhancing our academic brand, and service learning reaccreditation, to name a few. We keep the initiatives list up-to-date here on our website. http://www.uky.edu/provost/
·Strategic Plan. Working with President Capilouto and the executive team, this past week we officially launched our strategic planning process. "see tomorrow: The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan" ( http://www.uky.edu/strategic-plan/) is focused on the guiding principles endorsed by our Board of Trustees at their October retreat:
o Creating a vibrant undergraduate learning community
o Advancing a high quality graduate and professional education portfolio
o Cultivating a robust research environment
o Developing a strong and sustainable UK infrastructure
o Creating a positive work environment for faculty and staff
o Having a meaningful impact on the Commonwealth and community
Nearly 120 people -- faculty, students and staff -- representing every college and UK Libraries comprise these very active working groups. They are diverse, balanced in terms of gender and faculty/staff representation. Over the next several months, we'll be working to engage the entire campus in open dialogue about the future of our campus. I encourage everyone to reach out and join in that dialogue about our future. You can find out more about how to get involved by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
·Financial Model. Eric Monday, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and I, along with our teams, continue to partner with the campus in the development and implementation of a new, values-based financial model. http://www.uky.edu/Provost/FinancialModel/. We've entered a second phase of model's design and implementation, focusing between now and June 2014, on working with colleges and units to understand how the new financial model creates a more transparent flow of dollars and resources throughout the university. This is a partnership. And in a partnership, we not only talk, but more importantly, we listen. We make changes where necessary to make the model and process better. That's the process we're underway with now and making it work is a steadfast commitment we share.
·Dean Searches. As many of you know, we've welcomed one new dean this semester, Nancy Cox, who takes over leadership in January of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, as we welcome back current Dean Scott Smith to the faculty. Three other deans' searches -- Nursing, Design and Health Sciences -- are underway as well as one for the critical position of associate provost for undergraduate education. I'm providing regular updates to the colleges about these searches and you can stay informed about our progress as well at http://www.uky.edu/provost/resources/searches.
We are in a time of tremendous challenge – and, in many ways, opportunity – in higher education. Challenge and opportunity often mean change, and I am honored to work with a team that is committed to respecting our institution’s proud history while evolving together to prepare for our future. To succeed in that environment, we must be committed – always – to a sense of transparency, openness and collaboration.
People do make the place. And, I am proud to be part of an institution with people committed to making lives and communities better through the transformative power of education, research, and service. Thank you for all that you do each and every day.
This afternoon President Capilouto and I had the honor of announcing and celebrating a critically important moment for our institution and the Commonwealth. Dr. Nancy Cox has agreed to serve as the new Dean of the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, pending approval by the Board of Trustees at its December meeting.
I'm very pleased that this blog post, my first in a series of regular communication on the academic developments at our institution, highlights this important announcement. Please read the story below for more information.
Nancy Cox Selected as New Dean
For UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2013) – Citing a compelling vision for the future of the college and a national reputation for leadership, University of Kentucky Provost Christine Riordan Tuesday announced that Nancy Cox has accepted the position as dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
The appointment is subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees at its December meeting.
Cox will replace Scott Smith, who has led the college since 2001. He plans to return to the faculty, where he has been a member of 35 years. Cox is currently associate dean of research in the college, a position she has held since 2001 when she came to UK from Mississippi State University.
She is widely regarded as a leader in the field, serving on several national policy boards and organizations and has close ties to both civic and agricultural leaders throughout the Commonwealth, which enthusiastically supported her candidacy for dean.
President Eli Capilouto praised both Cox and Smith, saying that the "UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is widely known as one of the leading colleges in the country. That's, in large part, because of the leadership of Scott Smith and his senior team, including Nancy Cox.
I want to thank Dean Smith for his long service and leadership. I am excited about the prospect of Nancy's continued leadership both on our campus and in the Commonwealth, where she is so respected."
"We are fortunate to have found someone with the rare combination of skills, intellect and reputation of Dr. Nancy Cox," Riordan said in announcing the selection. "She is widely known and highly regarded throughout Kentucky for her knowledge and relationships with agriculture, political, and civic leaders. At the same time, she is renowned nationally in helping lead the research and administrative efforts of one of the country's premier colleges of agriculture, including an extension service treasured throughout the Commonwealth."
Among many duties, Cox oversees the college’s research portfolio, which includes $25 million in external awards in Fiscal Year 2012. She currently represents the college on most Kentucky agricultural commodity boards, was the founding administrator of UK’s growing Ag Equine Programs, and has been the key administrator in innovative alliances with private industry such as Alltech.
On the national level, she serves or has served on key federal policy boards such as the American Society of Animal Science and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Advisory Board for Research.
"I am very honored to represent, serve and support the UK Ag community, including its outstanding students, faculty, staff and an extension system known throughout the Commonwealth for its commitment to service," Cox said. "During interviews for this position, I was impressed once again by the pivotal role the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and its stakeholders play in the economy of the Commonwealth. I look forward to building on that legacy of engagement."
Riordan also thanked Smith for his long tenure as dean, which included leading the college in confronting pivotal issues such as Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome and the end of the tobacco price support program. Riordan said "UK is fortunate that Dean Smith will continue in our faculty ranks, providing his guidance to students, faculty and staff in the college and throughout the university."
Department of Entomology Chair John J. Obrycki, who co-chaired the search committee that helped select Cox, said, “Dr. Nancy Cox impressed the members of the search committee with her breadth of knowledge, administrative experience, and understanding of the land-grant mission of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky. She stressed the need for a shared vision of the future of the newly renamed college and how we will address the diverse needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
Riordan said Cox begins her tenure as dean on Jan. 1.