David Werner, interim president, addressed a crowd of about 150 during his first open forum for employees on Thursday, September 2, 2010, in the Crimson Event Center.
Werner, who said he held similar events as chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, plans to hold a forum each month. The intent is to give faculty and staff members an opportunity to ask questions about any issues they choose.
Much of the discussion Thursday focused on the university’s financial challenges—the need to find creative ways to address budget concerns, to increase donations and generate revenue, and to prepare better for decisions of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Werner noted that the Office of the President has already begun making changes—leaving a vacancy in the office unfilled and scaling back on some presidential events.
Other topics addressed based on audience questions were as follows:
President Werner and other administrators plan to do further research on some of the other needs and issues raised Thursday: