New Administration All Around
Thornton’s decision to withdraw his name from consideration as Provost and Chief Academic Officer is not the only administrative change that occurred this summer. Dean Orlando Taylor, dean of the Graduate School since 1993, has decided to take advantage of the Voluntary Separation Incentive Retirement Program (VSIRP) and retire (http://www.thehilltoponline.com/husa-gives-snapshot-of-bigger-picture-1.1773433#4). Likewise, Dean Woods of the School of Communications, as we reported earlier, has retired. Dean James Johnson stepped down on June 30 leaving CEACS with an interim dean. The director of Moorland-Springarn, the director of the Ralph Bunche Center and the director of libraries have also taken advantage of the opportunity to retire. Approximately 341 staff have retired from the Mecca. In so many words, a new face of Howard University has emerged. The only question is, Is it your voice?
To contrast the disappearing faces, new words have been added to the Howard University mission statement. While we do not have the exact copy of the missions statement, it now includes the fact that HU should be focused on research, focused on students with high academic achievements and those with the potential to do great things and focused on globalization.