Posted to: Earle Traynham, Interim Provost Academic Affairs
Why is the university expending funds on a consultant to assist the dean of CCEC to better communicate? Is it true that some faculty members and academic administrators in CCEC were not invited to meet with this communications consultant? And if so, why weren’t they included in the process?”
Written response from Earle Traynham, Interim Provost & Vice President, Academic Affairs:
1. Why are the University expending funds on a consultant to assist the Dean of CCEC to better communicate?
Response: Effective communication is critical in any organization, as it is in any relationship. An experienced consultant was engaged because we (President Delaney and I) believe there are opportunities to improve communication, and doing so should have a positive outcome. In short, it seems like the right thing to do. President Delaney has used this particular consultant at various times over the past 15 years.
2. Is it true that some faculty members and academic administrators in CCEC were not invited to meet with this communication consultant?
Response: Although I have not had any input into this part of the process, it is my understanding that the communication consultant worked with the dean to identify a group of individuals to invite to provide input. I have learned from the dean that sixteen individuals were invited. Additional names were suggested by President Delaney to supplement that list, and those spoken to have suggested additional names. This will be an iterative process.
3. If so, why weren’t all included in the process?
Response: See 2 above.