Changing for Excellence Meeting, October 4: Location Change

Jeffrey S. Vitter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Monday, October 03, 2011 10:28 AM
KU Lawrence Faculty and Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff,

On Tuesday, October 4 we will host our sixth Changing for Excellence meeting from 3:00-4:30 pm at The Commons in Spooner Hall [Note: LOCATION CHANGE]. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The Commons is a unique setting, and we are changing the format to fit this setting. As opposed to a Town Hall style meeting in an auditorium, we will be providing tables for each of the 10 business cases being developed. Over the course of the 90 minute meeting, we encourage you to visit as many of the tables as you wish to hear information about businesses cases, provide input, and ask questions of the individual champions and other members of the work groups.

Champion Business Case
Richard McKinney Budgeting Process
Barry Swanson Construction & Procurement
Jason Hornberger Business Centers
Matt Melvin Enrollment Management – Domestic
Joe Potts Enrollment Management – International
Allen Humphrey Facilities Maintenance
Ola Faucher Human Resources
Bob Lim IT
Lorraine Haricombe Libraries
Joanne Altieri Research Administration

We have also scheduled two separate meetings for Huron to meet with the maintenance and custodial staff in Facilities Operations and Student Housing. These meetings are scheduled on October 4 for Student Housing and October 5 for Facilities Operations. Both meetings will be held 10:30–Noon in Alderson Auditorium. A third meeting has been scheduled for Facilities Operations 3rd shift employees on October 5, 7:30–8:30am in 120 Snow Hall.

Changing for Excellence is an intensive self-assessment on how we do business at KU. The goal is to identify ways we can more efficiently and effectively advance our teaching and research mission, with Huron Consulting Group commissioned to guide KU through its self-assessment process. Cost savings identified from the assessment will be carefully re-invested in the university priorities identified during the extensive strategic planning process.

I strongly encourage you to participate in this unique question and answer session on October 4 at The Commons as we work to ensure KU’s future excellence. I also ask that supervisors allow time for staff who wish to attend. You may continue to submit your thoughts and ideas by visiting and clicking on the "Feedback" link.

  -- Jeff

Jeffrey S. Vitter

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor

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