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Internal Governance Consultant to Return to Campus

Rodney Smolla, president of Furman University

Rodney Smolla, president of Furman University

In a continuing campus dialogue on how to achieve a healthy, efficient internal governance structure at Radford University, Rodney A. Smolla, president of Furman University, will return to campus Oct. 25 and 26 as a special consultant and discussion facilitator.

Smolla, a lawyer and professor of law, visited RU in June to meet with focus groups of faculty and staff members, including the administration and the executive councils of the AP, faculty and staff senates. That session was the first of a series of discussions to explore practices and procedures.

He will meet with the RU Faculty Senate on Oct. 25 and with the Staff Senate and AP Senate on Oct. 26. His visit will conclude with an open campus town-hall session on Oct. 26 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hurlburt Student Center.

"This is an opportunity for everybody on campus—administrators, faculty, staff and students—to share their ideas," said Associate Professor Erin Webster Garrett, director of the university's Quality Enhancement Plan Initiative and a member of the Task Force on Internal Governance Reform. "We all have a stake in the IG reform process."

The task force recently launched a website to share information and invite feedback. It states the goals of the internal governance initiative and includes notices of upcoming events, minutes of task-force meetings as well as contact information, recommended reading and reports from Smolla.

Oct 16, 2012
Deanne Estrada
(540) 831-7613
djestrada@radford.edu