Messages from the Provost
Open Letter to the Editors of the Cavalier Daily
I am responding to the editorial in the Cavalier Daily Wednesday (9-21-16) about the racial slurs on the walls of Kent-Dabney dormitory. As yesterday's editorial stated, this egregious and hateful act is indeed appalling. We must rise as a community to repudiate such behavior each time it occurs. This is an obligation for all of us, and important for us not to wait for an institutional leader to frame every event.
One of the exciting things about being your provost is the opportunity to see so much of what I value exemplified across Grounds – excellence, community spirit, personal teaching and learning, inclusiveness, fairness, wellness and positive impact on lives and society. But perhaps no value at a great University is more important than truth. It is at the foundation of what we do in discovering and imparting knowledge with and to students. It is at the heart of why we find it so important to support academic freedom.
The Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) is proud to announce that Provost Tom Katsouleas has agreed to serve as the CLE’s third executive sponsor, along with Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Hogan, and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Rick Shannon.
Of the many roles of the Provost, deans, chairs and faculty at a university, few are more important than making ultimate decisions as to who gets hired and kept on as tenured faculty. So what do we look for? First and foremost, we seek scholarly excellence and leadership. Both of these come in many forms and are not easily quantified by metrics.
Prime Minister Abe’s administration has told the presidents of all Japan’s national universities to abolish undergraduate departments and graduate schools devoted to the humanities and social sciences or tailor curricula to fields with more utilitarian values.