We are back from Thanksgiving break and headed into the end of the semester and the anticipation of a new year. If I were to tell you that 2019 has been a year of transition, you would roll your eyes … and with good reason. What a massive understatement! What I have observed over this year, however, is that we have a team of creative, resilient people motivated by a desire to make a difference in the lives of ISU students. You have been patient and maintained a great attitude through all of the changes, and I am confident that all of the effort we are pouring into understanding and uniting our services across the division will pay off—for us, for our students, and for ISU.
In the midst of all of this change, we have launched many important new initiatives, adding these to ongoing projects and programs. While all of this is very exciting, it is a lot to process all at once. I want to do everything I can to ensure I am up-to-date with developments across the division, responding in a timely manner, and keeping our communication channels open.
I trust you know my door is open to you. To better ensure I am meeting your needs, I have asked Kelly Moor, in her role as our Director of Strategic Initiatives, to help me improve the information flow and lines of communication. When I am unable to attend, Kelly will represent me at departmental and project meetings, providing feedback from me to your teams and bringing questions and concerns you’ve raised to my attention. If you have an idea or problem you need me to address, but I am not available, please reach out to Kelly. In the meantime, I would appreciate it if you would invite her to meetings that would help her learn the important work of your department or team.