The Webster Staff Alliance welcomed three special guests to its year-end celebration and institutional outlook meeting Thursday.
Their presence drew an attendance so large that the meeting location had to be changed a day in advance, from Sunnen Lounge to the larger Marletto’s Marketplace.
WSA leaders saluted employees who earned their degrees this spring, announced newly elected WSA board members, and welcomed three leaders from the University administration to answer questions about institutional strategy.
The main feature of the gathering was a panel of special guests invited to speak about institutional direction: Julian Schuster, provost and senior vice president; Greg Gunderson, vice president and chief financial officer; and Nancy Hellerud, associate provost.
As each are relatively new members of the Webster community, the meeting presented a chance for each to give brief introductory remarks — and try out a few quips for a responsive crowd — while also thanking fellow Webster employees for all they do to help the University meet its mission.
Schuster spoke about how the administration under President Beth Stroble is working to change the “silo” culture that is so common in higher educational settings. “We want more integration, to better work together across divisions,” Shuster said. His ideal is for employees to think “not about who reports to whom, but rather to focus on our common goal, which is to serve students better.”
Gunderson handled questions about compensation — some of which also came up in the recent WSA compensation open forum — and discussed how the administration will implement some of the findings from a recent compensation study performed by an outside consultant.
New WSA Board Members
Congratulations to the new board members, who will begin two-year terms:
Associate Chair: Jennifer Holtmann, administrative support coordinator, User Services
Special Events Chair: Tyann Cherry, senior academic advisor, Academic Advising
Membership Chair: Sarah Nandor, director, Admissions
They will replace outgoing board members Debbie Ray, Merideth Daly and Ron Van Fleet, respectively.
After the recent board elections saw two staffers from extended sites run for election, employees can look for a survey soon about better integrating extended campus representatives into WSA proceedings.
For more information on all matters WSA, including the compensation study, stay tuned to the WSA email list and also join or check the WSA group on Connections. (If you have difficulty accessing the WSA group on Connections, ask a board member for help.)