Thursday, October 10, 2013

I'm going to be meeting with as many student groups as I can over then next few weeks to talk about some of the upcoming transitions at Salus, update you on a number of my key activities during my first few months as well as the progress we're making though my "100 Days of Listening".  A couple of weeks ago I sent a note out to our university family that I wanted to share again on this blog to ensure as many folks as possible gets to see what's up.

We’ve established four Tiger Teams and they have actively been seeking inputs from their constituencies, I’ve held several discussion sessions with staff, faculty and students, giving me the opportunity to listen to your issues, we’ve addressed food service at The Eye Institute, and we have already begun developing a plan to better market our University regionally, nationally and internationally.  Once I have the results from our Tiger Teams, I will be taking the President’s Council on a two-day offsite to develop our unified vision for the next several years based on your input.   While all this has been going on there have also been a number of key personnel transitions I want to update you on that will occur during the next several months .  
It is important underscore and respect our University legacy which has been built over the decades because of the dedication of so many of our past administrators, faculty and staff.   Transitions are an inevitable part of every successful organization and often change is both exciting and bittersweet. Such is the situation on campus with the recent announcements that over the months ahead we will be seeing a “changing of the guard” in three key leadership positions: Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice President of Patient Care Services, and Dean of PCO.
Dr. Anthony F. Di Stefano, Dr. Susan C. Oleszewski, and Dr. Linda Casser are outstanding professionals.  Each, in their own right, has made tireless and significant contributions to our success.  We are fortunate to have the benefit of this outstanding trio of senior leaders. Their love for Salus is matched only by their devotion to the students we educate and the patients we treat.
I am pleased to report that in each instance there will be a well-planned and transparent transition consistent with our educational and service mission. Faculty-led search committees have been established to help select the right leaders to fill these very large voids. The search processes will serve to strengthen the role of the academic community in positioning us for the next exciting stage of University development. I encourage faculty, students and staff to engage and support this crucial process.
Dr. Di Stefano will serve in his current capacity through June 30, 2014 and he will assume the position of interim dean of PCO on January 1. He is already preparing to help develop our global MPH platform during his one-year planned sabbatical. Dr. Casser, whose term as Dean will expire at the end of the calendar year, has agreed to continue her participation in our continued development through faculty and administrative roles. In addition, we look forward to Dr. Oleszewski’s continued contributions to the growth of The Eye Institute through her tireless outreach work in support of underserved communities, especially as it relates to children.
I hope you will join me over the next few months in expressing your thanks to these uniquely talented and dedicated individuals for their years of service and commitment to Salus University.
I believe it is our destiny to set a new standard and lead the transition of American health, educational and rehabilitation education through this century and beyond. With your help and support we will realize these goals. As I’ve said in the past, the challenges will be great, but the rewards will be many. Our University and associated programs remain strong and world class. I look forward to continuing to keep you all in the loop and to working with each and every one of you as, together, we forge our path into the future.

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