Alumni eNewsletter: Special December Board of Trustees meeting, and holiday greetings (Archives)
December 14, 2009
Dear Campus Community:
The Board of Trustees held a highly productive meeting on Kendall Green on Saturday, December 5. The board had the honor of being joined by Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, who will become Gallaudet’s next president on January 1. This special meeting was scheduled for the trustees to address a number of important matters before the end of the calendar year, and to receive President Davila’s report on the Long Range Strategic Plan (LRSP), which included updates on enrollment, a program prioritization process in academic offerings to verify that they meet our students’ needs in a changing world of work, a workforce analysis, and fiscal year 2010 priorities and funding for the LRSP.
Related to the LRSP, the board is very pleased with the enormous progress that is being made toward developing and implementing the plan. The trustees are grateful to Dr. Davila, his team, and the entire Gallaudet community for their hard work on developing the LRSP, a blueprint that will provide sound guidance to the University to ensure the long term viability of Gallaudet so that we can best serve future generations of deaf and hard of hearing students. Dr. Davila has laid a strong foundation for Dr. Hurwitz to build upon. We look forward to another progress report on the LRSP, including preliminary plans for FY 2011 funding priorities, at the February board meeting.
The trustees took several actions at the meeting, including:
- Scheduling a board retreat to take place in mid-July. More information will be forthcoming.
- Voting to form a Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee (PIPC) to prepare for Dr. Hurwitz’s inauguration. The campus community will be notified when a date has been selected for the inauguration. The PIPC will be composed of two representatives each from the Board of Trustees, the faculty, and the administration; and one representative each from University staff, undergraduate students, graduate students, the Clerc Center, alumni, and the Board of Associates.
- Making decisions regarding professor emeritus and honorary degrees. This information will be shared with the community as soon as the recipients are notified.
- Forming a subcommittee of the Committee on Trustees to establish a process of reevaluating the structure of the Board of Trustees.
- In addition, Dr. Hurwitz shared his plans for his new cabinet and what he plans to do during his first 100 days.
This very productive meeting was capped off by the memorable Gala honoring Dr. Davila and his wife, Donna, at the East Hall of Union Station. This was truly a spectacular event, which the trustees enjoyed immensely. On behalf of the board I would like to extend kudos to the Gala planning committee for doing such an exceptional job. I’m sure the Davilas appreciated this grand sendoff for their retirement, as well. The University will miss them, and wishes the family great happiness and good health for the future.
The board looks forward to returning to campus in February. Until then, best wishes for happy holidays and a joyous new year. (Click here to watch a video holiday greeting.)
Benjamin J. Soukup, Jr.
Posted: 18 Dec 2009