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Robert K. “Bob” Glenn has spent more than three decades in higher education, serving students throughout. He became the 10th president of the University of Houston-Victoria on Aug. 1, 2018. Prior to moving to Victoria with his wife, Laurie, he served as the 36th president of Athens State University for 10 years. Glenn also was vice president for student affairs and vice provost for enrollment and academic services at Middle Tennessee State University (1999-2008) and dean of students at Missouri State University (1993-1999). His “A Jaguar Journey” blog is intended to provide members of the UHV faculty, staff and student body, as well as alumni and members of the community, a direct connection to what he is doing as the new UHV president. Readers are encouraged to share their views and ideas by posting to the comments section.  

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Being busy means great things are happening at UHV

Posted By Dr. Bob Glenn, Monday, April 15, 2019

 

I recently was searching through a website about quotes, and I came across a section about the subject of being busy. I encountered many expected quotes. Quotes about the difference between being “busy” and being “productive.” Quotes about not being so wrapped up in being busy that we lose sight of the things most important in our lives, like relationships. But the thing I found most interesting was the number of quotes by people from a wide range of fields about the joy of being busy. In some cases, they were from people who waited a long time for the recognition in their fields that now made them busy. In some cases, they were from people who just enjoy doing, rather than being idle. In whatever case, it is worth noting that while being busy can wear you out, it also can be a cause for delight.

 

As I looked at my calendar for the next two weeks, I am hopeful that I can find the joy in being busy because we have three very important searches coming to fruition all at the same time. This week, we will have three candidates interviewing for our vacant provost position. A committee comprised primarily of faculty has been working since December to advertise the position, receive the applications, sort through the possibilities and pick the best possible candidates to bring to campus. I commend the committee on a job well done. You can read about those finalists here. Looking over the group of finalists, I am excited about the future of this institution. It says a great deal for us that we can attract candidates of this caliber, and it also speaks for our potential when you stop to think about what they can help us accomplish.

 

At the same time, we also have three candidates coming to campus to interview for our vacant vice president for enrollment management position. An equally dedicated group of campus professionals has been working since December to bring us to this moment in time. And again, when I look at the finalists, I am excited about our potential to grow as a destination university.

 

And we will have two candidates visiting campus to interview for our vacant dean of the School of Business Administration position. Once again, a focused and dedicated committee worked long hours to bring us to this juncture. The committee has been very successful in identifying exceptional candidates for this opportunity. The committee originally identified three candidates, but one of them already has been snatched away by another university.

 

So, the next two weeks will be very, very busy! My calendar is full from early in the morning to late each evening. But this is the kind of busy that makes one glad to be alive and engaged in good work. I know that everyone reading this is busy, as well, but I hope UHV faculty, staff and students will take the time to visit with these candidates. In addition, I encourage community members in both Victoria and Katy to attend the public forums for the provost finalists. The public forums are important aspects of this process because they give everyone a chance to see and hear the candidates. Of equal importance, however, is that the forums give the candidates a chance to see and engage with our community. I would encourage you to join in and hear what the candidates have to say.

 

All of this will be occurring on a campus that already was buzzing like a beehive. With three new buildings going up, it is impossible not to be excited by our future. Just this week, I had the opportunity to tour the University Commons student center as it nears completion. In just a few short weeks, the library will begin moving into the facility, and it should be open to the campus this summer. The framing for the new Don and Mona Smith Hall is going up and should be complete in about six weeks. Once the framing is done, construction on the residence hall will move ahead steadily. And the construction crew is nearly finished putting into place more than 200 foundation piers for the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Building. The foundation and vertical structure will not be far behind.

 

So if being busy makes you happy, we all should be very happy at UHV. We are in an exceptionally dynamic time in our development and history. Great things are in the future for us. I am excited about what lies ahead. I hope you are as well.

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Give me your thoughts about skills needed for new provost

Posted By Dr. Bob Glenn, Friday, November 2, 2018

One of the things I learned in my graduate studies was a maxim often used by Alfred Adler: You cannot control what happens to you, but you are in control of how you will react. This maxim came to mind as I looked at my grandmother’s dining room table in pieces in the hands of the movers. The good news is that a competent furniture repair person will be able to put it all back together and all will, eventually, be fine. But the point remains that we all have to respond to what happens to us, and we always have a choice when it comes to that response. Now I just have to keep reminding myself of that as I stand in the middle of a living room filled with boxes!

 

At the same time, we have a few boxes to unpack here at UHV, and I will need your help with them. The first one is the selection of new provost to replace David Cockrum, who has capably been serving as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at UHV. We are moving forward to assemble a screening committee. The deans have notified me of their choices. The UHV Faculty Senate will be meeting this week to make its recommendations, and the Staff Council and Student Government Association will be doing so soon. The first job of the committee will be to review the current job description and the last job announcement used to bring both up to date and make a recommendation to the UHV Executive Committee so we can have the job posted in early January.

 

So, this is where you come in. What are your thoughts about what skills, abilities and attributes we should be seeking in a new academic leader? Regardless of whether you are faculty or staff, or spend your time on the main campus in Victoria or at UHV Katy, I know you have views, and I would like to hear them. Please take a moment now or in the next few weeks to share your thoughts. You can leave a comment here, or send it to me directly at glennrk@uhv.edu. Thank you in advance to your willingness to help. I will keep you posted as we move forward.  Have a great week.

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