More than two years into my service as president, I know there are still opportunities for improvement around leadership development, information exchange, and creating space for broad input on important issues facing our organization. I personally want nothing less than a transparent environment in which accurate information is shared and opportunities and concerns are discussed openly and freely. I am very pleased with the efforts of both the President's Cabinet and University Council to bring added oversight and transparency to the university's processes and decision making, but more work needs to be done to equip other campus leaders, and to draw those leaders' perspectives and insights into Whitworth's shared governance structures.
To that end, and with the input and approval of both the President's Cabinet and University Council, I am creating the Administrative Leadership Group (ALG). The specific purposes of the ALG are to:
•Grow the systems knowledge of middle-managers and senior leaders;
•Create a forum for senior leadership to tap into the perspectives and wisdom of middle-managers in order to improve communication and decision making;
•Generate feedback and ideas about how to improve the university;
•Develop a sense of cohesion and teamwork through deeper understanding of challenges and opportunities facing various departments and areas; and
•Develop leadership talent and capacity through knowledge and understanding of issues facing the entire university.
Led by co-chairs Barbara Sanders (provost) and Brian Benzel (VP for finance and administration), the composition of the ALG will include persons in the following broad groups:
•Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, Assistant Vice Presidents
•Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans
•Academic Department Chairs
•Faculty and Staff Area Directors
Beck A. Taylor