Candidate’s Statement for President of the Academic Senate
I am honored to have been nominated to represent my colleagues as President of the Academic Senate. Over the last two years, serving as Academic Senate Vice President and more recently for the past year as Academic Senate President, I have learned that the two most important keys to the success of our institution are maintaining a culture of accountability and exercising the principles of shared governance.
This is an extremely critical time in the history of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. We are facing multiple challenges and without significant changes in our culture of accountability and in our beliefs and practice of shared governance, we will not be able to survive.
These principles of accountability include setting clear cut expectations with oversight and consequences for not meeting those expectations. This accountability must be exercised within our institution at every level. We must all work towards this goal with administration and continue to hold each other as well as other members of the CDU community accountable for developing and maintaining a culture of excellence, focused on our mission of education, research, and service to the underserved.
If elected, I promise to serve the faculty to the best of my ability to change both our culture of accountability as well as our shared governance. I believe my academic experience, over two decades at CDU working with almost everyone both at COM and COSH and most recently with the newly established school of nursing, along with my relationships with community members, gives me the insight, familiarity, and connectivity to serve effectively as Academic Senate President.
What is most important is that CDU have a passionate individual to lead the Academic Senate in representing the interests of the Faculty. I will offer my full support and dedication to any individual that is elected to be in this position. I would like to thank you all for considering me as a candidate in this role to serve our University and community.