Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D., 9/29/2011
By now, most of you have had the opportunity to see the memorandum that was circulated Wednesday morning university-wide regarding our strategy to close our budget gap for the current biennium.
I greatly appreciate the many thoughtful comments I received as we were finalizing this plan; I expect that exchange of ideas to continue as we move forward.
Perhaps the most significant change included in the plan is the integration of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Sciences into a single college. In the memorandum, I called for the creation of a committee that would consider the many issues raised by such a change. That plan should be completed and submitted to Provost Warwick M. Bayly by June 30, 2012.
Some of the immediate feedback I have received on that proposal focused on the name of a unified college. In the memorandum, I raised the possibility of calling it the College of Letters and Sciences. Some have said that such a name would downplay the role of the arts in the college and in the university as a whole. That was certainly not my intention.
I encourage the committee, as part of its deliberations, to make its own determination of the best name for this college. I am certain it can come up with the name that best reflects both the mission of the college and the important work of faculty and staff who will be integral to its success.
I also want to thank everyone who took the time to attend or view Wednesday’s State of the University address. I always appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts about the direction of our university and answer any questions you might have.