Dr. Michael Forster

Two Upbeat Friday Happenings

Friday was a good day, dominated by two “big” events – a half-day morning meeting with my Dean’s Council, and an extended observation of the Faculty Senate in the afternoon, highlighed by new-president Rodney Bennett’s first address to senators.

Dean’s Council – a group of engaged and influential supporters and contributors to the college – meets but twice per year, so its every gathering is inherently special.  Many thanks to Tommy Thorton and Hattiesburg Clinic for hosting this round, when a more-or-less last-minute change of venue was required.

As for the Senate -  It was heartening to hear a good-news tone (however tentative and restrained) to the president’s remarks.  On the money side – broad faculty/staff raises in the mix, a possible improvement in the IHL funding formula situation (no decision yet, questions raised and under review), larger faculty promotion increments.  More generally – a commitment to evidence-based decision-making, thorough transparency (warm remarks for Ed Kemp of the Hattiesburg American, no less!), and shared governance beaucoup.

What’s not to like?  It’s the “honeymoon” phase, to be sure, but a good start for the new top administrator nonetheless.

 

 

Dr. Michael Forster
Dr. Michael Forster

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