>Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 12:48:21 -0400
>From: Keith Kennedy <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Interview for Chief Learning and Information Officer
>At 08:56 AM 7/24/98 -0400, Craig Donnan wrote:
>>It's quite a corruption of process to notify the community one day in advance
>>of the interview date - not appreciated.
>The lateness of the scheduling is not what any
>of us would have preferred, but I disagree that
>it is a corruption of the process.
>It would be a corruption of the process if it
>was scheduled late intentionally to disenfranchise.
>That was not the reason. We are trying to balance
>the need for participation against the speed with which
>we can move.
>I am confident that enough viewpoints are represented
>in the team reviewing the candidates that we have
>a good shot at selecting someone who can be successful.
>And in spite of the late notification, people outside the
>committee are participating today.
How many and whom?
>I apologize that we were not able to arrange a
>better opportunity for wider participation.
Is there a chance for another round of interviews?
The selection of the CLIO is vitally important to everyone involved in IT
at UVM. In the past and at present there is a great lack of confidence in
the "powers that be"'s ability to actually bring about change. We are
skeptical that the CLIO position can and will reform (as we are beyond the
point of "re-engineering") IT at UVM.
Although I believe that the intention of the late notice was not to
disenfranchise, it has served to re-emphasize the existing situation.
Perhaps Craig's wording was overly strong, but his comment was right on the
money. What's the big hurry? The ITTF report sat on the virtual desk for
6-8 months with little action taken, now we're in a big rush. Let's slow
down and make the process more participatory. If we don't, we're putting
the CLIO on a fast track to a vote of non-confidence.
If all of us are to buy into "the plan" and support the CLIO, we all need
to feel that we had a hand in their selection. A one day notice of
interviews pretty much ensures that the busiest members of our organization
will be unable to attend, and these are the very people who must be
involved in the selection process.
No offense intended but I do not feel confident that the members of the
committee have a good idea of the state of IT in the College of Arts &
Sciences and I do not feel confident that our viewpoint was expressed in
the interview process. Schedule the interview for any other day of the
week than Friday and we'd be happy to be there, even on one day notice.
Information System Analyst
College of A & S Computing Services
479 Main Street, Room 305
Burlington, VT 05405-0144
Fax (802) 656-3018
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