Reminder: Faculty Senate town hall on Vanderbilt reorganization is Oct. 30

(Vanderbilt University)

The Faculty Senate, in partnership with Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Wente and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine Jeff Balser, will host a second town hall meeting on the Vanderbilt University-Vanderbilt University Medical Center reorganization. The event, first announced on Sept. 11, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, in Sarratt Cinema from 3 to 5 p.m.

“We look forward to addressing faculty questions on the reorganization,” Wente said. “This will be a key opportunity to hear from the faculty in a broad, interactive format. We encourage faculty from university central and from VUMC to attend.”

“We have worked diligently to communicate about the reorganization and its benefits not only for VUMC, but for university central as well,” Balser added. “This forum gives us another venue to engage with a broad constituency of faculty stakeholders from across campus in one location and to address their questions.”

The format of the Oct. 30 town hall will be similar to the previous meeting about the reorganization held on Aug. 20 in Light Hall. “As announced at the Oct. 8 Faculty Senate meeting, we are actively soliciting questions from around campus and also have questions from our initial faculty survey,” Faculty Senate Chair Richard Willis said. “This session will be more targeted to questions related to the reorganization itself. Previously, the largest category of questions we received, almost one-quarter, were related to benefits. All of those questions have been explicitly addressed on the HR website.

“There also will be ample time for questions,” Willis said. “We are appreciative of Provost Wente and Vice Chancellor Balser for making time for this important senate-led event. They have been extremely supportive of partnering with the senate to get the word out about the reorganization.”

For more information about the reorganization, including FAQs targeted to faculty, visit the VU-VUMC Transition website.