Leadership Assembly: Not Invite-Only

Staff, students can attend due to open meetings law.



Chancellor Debbie Ford may be presenting big news later this month.

Ford announced in an email to 97 staff and faculty on Jan 29 that she would host the first Leadership Assembly of the year, less than one month after convocation.

The event will convene on February 23 at 2 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, according to Ford’s email. An agenda for the event has not yet been made available.

Because UW-Parkside is a state school, anyone from the community — not just faculty, staff, campus employees or students — can attend those open meetings, unless they go into closed session to discuss matters pertaining to others’ employment.

Anyone can attend the various meetings on UW-Parkside’s campus, including the leadership assembly, because of open meetings laws, which state that meetings may only close for personnel reasons.

The leadership assembly may provide some interesting information for those who attend. Past assemblies have included a range of presenters, and an update on university business from the Chancellor typically concludes the hour-long events. The agenda for a April 14 assembly shows that it also included remarks on biennial budget.

According to faculty email records that included agendas of past events, the chancellor’s leadership assembly has occurred at least every semester, sometimes as frequently as once a month.

In addition to a talk by Chancellor Ford, the most recent leadership assembly in November also included a presentation by United Way and a discussion of leasing partnerships by Mel Klinkner, the chief business officer for UW-Parkside according to the UW System website.

It also included a video presentation by James Kinchen, professor of music and choir director, entitled “Voices to India,” which documented aspects of the 10-day sojourn made by 15 members and alumni of the Voices of Parkside choir whom Kinchen shepherded to Kerala, India.
In September of 2015, Kinchen presented a keynote address at the International Seminar on the Science of Music at Mahatma Gandhi University. The students and alumni who went with Kinchen performed for an international audience.

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