December 4, 2008
I’ve made a lot of phone calls on behalf of
Clemson University in my lifetime. None were more important or more
gratifying than the calls I made earlier this week to the chairs of 11
special task forces that will help Clemson deal with the new economic
realities of our time.
I asked these folks to clear their
calendars, give up part of their holidays, and pitch in to help.
Without exception, they said they would be honored to serve. They are
also confident that we can reduce costs, increase revenue, and maintain
momentum toward our top-20 goal.
We received hundreds of
names in response to a call for volunteers and nominees to these
groups, and I thank everyone who submitted a name. Each was
considered, but not all could be appointed.
The task forces
will vary in size, but each will be a focused, hard-working group.
Each will be guided by our new five year road map and each will have a
specific financial target to meet through reducing costs or increasing
revenues. Overall, there will be broad representation by faculty,
staff and students. I’ve asked them to consider the interests of all
relevant constituents, with particular emphasis on the needs of
graduate and undergraduate students.
More information on the
complete make-up of the task forces will be available on the web and
announced in Inside Clemson early next week. Today, I’d like to
announce the names of the 11 task forces and their chairs, and to offer
my sincere thanks to the following individuals for agreeing to serve.
Budget Task Forces & Chairs
Academic Structures & Organization Tom Scott
, Professor of Animal and Veterinary Science Administrative & Support Structures & Organization Jim Barker Continuing & Executive Education Jeff Martin
, Director of Conference and Guest Services
Curriculum & General Education Jerry Waldvogel
, Professor of Biological Sciences Distribution Systems
(summer school, Maymester, Intermester, online & distance learning) Anand Gramopadhye
, Professor and Chair, Industrial Engineering
Information Technology Jim Bottum
, Vice Provost for Computing and Information Technology and CIO Living-Learning Environments Tony Cawthon
, Professor of Counselor Education and Leadership Technology
Off-campus Economic Development Sites Bob Geolas
, CU-ICAR and Karl Kelly, CURI (co-chairs)Scheduling Stan Smith
(youth programs, camps) Jorge Calzadilla
, Executive Director, Youth Learning Institute Tuition & Scholarships Bobby McCormick
and Bruce Yandle (co-chairs), Professor Emeriti, Economics