SUU's new president, Scott L Wyatt, closed his second day on campus by announcing his plans for the next 98, kicking off a 100-day Listening Tour that will send the University's 16th president to every corner of campus, all over southern Utah and across the state.
At the outset of the Faculty and Staff University Forum in which the President announced his plans for the listening tour, Wyatt explained, "I think the best vision for the University exists here and isn't planted by somebody."
He went on to explain that the University's administrative structure of shared governance created an ideal forum in which all voices can and should be heard, to the benefit of the University as a whole. To that end, Wyatt will spend the bulk of the spring semester meeting with any and everybody who holds a stake in SUU's future and who has ideas, questions and concerns they'd like to share with the University's new leader.
"It's not about my vision or my ideas to make this a better place," said Wyatt. "It's about helping to facilitate a conversation and then together coming up with a refinement of the vision or more energy for the vision that's here."
An official SUU 100-Day Listening Tour website has been created to enable students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to follow along as President Wyatt uncovers all facets of the University's past and present, to help ensure future decisions are well aligned with Southern Utah University's ambitions and realities.
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Included in the site, suu.edu/100days, is an interactive map that geographically tracks Wyatt's tour and archives meeting highlights. The President will also be writing a daily blog summarizing the things he's learning along the way.
The site also includes a forum through which interested parties may send their ideas, questions and comments directly to President Wyatt.
"The priority for me is the conversation over the next weeks and months," explained Wyatt, who said he is eager to create an ongoing open dialogue over the coming months and, far beyond the listening tour, throughout his time at SUU.
In continued efforts to jumpstart that dialogue, and on the tails of Tuesday's campus forum, Scott and Kathy Wyatt will host an open community reception from 4:30–6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, in the Gilbert Great Hall. All those with an interest in the University's future are encouraged to come join in the discussion as the Wyatts settle into their new home.
There will also be a meet-and-greet, open to all students, with President Wyatt on Thursday, January 23, at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Living Room.