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Message from President McFaddin September 21, 2020

Keen Johnson with students on the plaza

Dear Colleagues,

During the recent Board of Regents meeting, I announced a new initiative to help unite and lead our University community as “One Eastern.” Transparency is a critical success factor in the operational framework of EKU. Sharing information among our community contributes to the quality of decision-making and accentuates accountability. I firmly believe that our collective University member voices should be present to help guide how we operate as an institution. With the intent of opening lines of communication, I am confident that an expanded administrative model will help us collaborate and develop ideas and solutions that will make EKU an even better place to learn, work and live. Specifically, I am implementing a three-tiered model consisting of the following:

  1. President’s Cabinet (Formerly known as the President’s Council)
    1. Members include Vice Presidents and top-level University officials; the executive leadership of the institution
  2. President’s Leadership Council
    1. Newly formed council
    2. Consists of the President’s Cabinet plus other strategic high-level University leadership positions
    3. Offers a structured path of review and recommendations to the President’s Cabinet
  3. President’s Council for Institutional Excellence & Innovation
    1. Revised and updated council with University-wide representation; action-oriented team
    2. Composed of President’s Cabinet, President’s Leadership Council, and a broad cross-section of the University community
    3. Offers communication and collaboration channels to raise awareness of University operations through an open exchange with all levels of the University community
    4. Serves as the administrative research, communication and leadership group for the campus community to create innovative solutions to complex problems that make the day-to-day operations more efficient and successful.
  4. President's Inclusive Excellence Advisory Council
    1. Composed of VP of Strategic Initiatives, and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Steering Committee and strategic sub-committees focused on inclusive faculty, staff and student recruitment and retention, campus culture, diversity in curriculum and the student experience
    2. Offers collaboration and counsel to Vice President of Strategic Initiatives/Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer 
    3. Members self-nominated or referred, to express interest in serving contact Co-Chairs Dr. Abbey Poffenberger or Kristi Middleton

Since I first arrived at EKU, I have had the opportunity to interact with many campus areas and work with so many incredibly talented employees at EKU. This expanded operational model is a step toward a standard structure and process by which faculty and staff may participate in developing initiatives, and decision-making that affect the institution. I am confident that participation in the process can help our employees be more engaged with the University, understand and know how decisions are made and realize how important every employee is in achieving our common goals. 

My office has invited members to participate in the President’s Leadership Council and the Council for Institutional Excellence and Innovation. Nominations for three to four faculty at large seats on the Council for Institutional Excellence and Innovation will be accepted. If you, or perhaps a colleague in your department, have an interest in participating in this new initiative, you may submit information to the nomination form. Members of all groups are listed on the President's website.

Again, thank you for your assistance in implementing the Colonels Comeback Plan. Your flexibility and willingness to attend to your health and the health of our colleagues is appreciated. Wear your mask, keep a safe distance from others, wash your hands, and stay home if you do not feel well. Our efforts have allowed us to provide the opportunity for on-campus learning and continued diligence will see us through the remainder of this semester.

One Eastern,

David T. McFaddin, President 
Eastern Kentucky University

Published on September 21, 2020

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