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Campus Conversations

As President Gee mentioned in his State of the University address on March 1, he has created several Transformation Teams . The goal of each team is to be innovative in its thinking as they work to identify $45 million in cost savings and revenue generation over the next five years.

It’s important that the entire campus community get involved. That’s why the University will be holding Campus Conversations. Open to everyone on campus, these gatherings will be an hour-long and feature a specific topic.

Campus Conversation-Human Resources Bill

On Monday, February 27, Campus Conversation was held in the Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair, to discuss the Human Resources bill that was introduced to the legislature last week. West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee was joined by Rob Alsop, Vice President for Legal, Government and Entrepreneurial Engagement, and Cris DeBord, Vice President for Talent and Culture, to discuss the proposed legislative changes and answer questions.  
 
If you missed the session or would like to review, you can do so by clicking through the button below. Also, there is an FAQ you can review with answers to commonly asked questions. Additional questions are being received and we will add to the FAQ daily. After reviewing that document, if you still have a question, you may submit it to campusconversations@mail.wvu.edu or  through the form at http://go.wvu.edu/cc8.

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Campus Conversation-Mission, Vision and Values

Three sessions of Campus Conversations took place in October, November and more recently on Tuesday, February 21.  Cris DeBord, Vice President for Talent and Culture, and Sharon Martin, Vice President for University Relations, led the discussion on the mission, vision and values for West Virginia University. After several sessions, the University is nearing a final draft of a new vision statement, as well as value statements. The Conversation was an informal discussion.  

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Campus Conversation-Strategic Goals and Five Year Budget Plan

The fourth Campus Conversation- Strategic Goals and Five Year Budget Plan was held on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Erickson Alumni Center. Provost Joyce McConnell discussed the strategic goals of the University, while Vice President for Administration and Finance Narvel Weese and Vice Provost Russ Dean shared the five-year budget plan and ways it will be implemented.

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Campus Conversation-Turning Off the Lights and Other Strategic Ways to Save Energy and Money


The third topic was Turning Off the Lights – and Other Strategic Ways to Save Energy and Money
which was presented on June 22 and 23.

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Campus Conversation-Transformation through Innovative Business Practices and Strategic Procurement

The second in the series of Campus Conversation discussions were held on  May 19 and May 23 . The presentation featured the topic, Transformation through Innovative Business Practices and Strategic Procurement.

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Campus Conversation-WVU Budget 101:  Challenges and Opportunities

The first Campus Conversation discussions, titled WVU Budget 101: Challenges and Opportunities, were held on April 18 and 21.

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Why did the University develop these sessions?

Dr. Gee mentioned in his State of the University address on March 1 that West Virginia University must think differently about higher education. We need to implement strategies that lead to effective management of resources and provide for transformative growth.

To be innovative in our thinking, WVU has created several Transformation Teams. The goal is to identify more than $45 million in cost savings and revenue generation over the next five years.

We will make this happen by being creative, collaborative and bold. This is not a time to be risk averse. Rather, it is a time to be strategic risk takers in order to position West Virginia University as a progressive leader known for its commitment to education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.

How will Campus Conversations work?

Each month the University will hold sessions to discuss ideas and gather input from the campus community. Conversations will be one-hour long. At least two sessions per topic will be scheduled.

Conversations will be held in different locations, as well as be broadcast live. Sessions also will be videotaped and posted on this site following the discussion.

What if I cannot attend in person?

Campus Conversations will be broadcast live, as well as be videotaped for viewing later. Head to webcast.wvu.edu to watch live or visit this site to watch later.

You also can send questions prior to the session at social@mail.wvu.edu.

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