|LDI recognizes achievements, looks ahead
|by Cindy Abole
About 100 university leaders gathered at The Citadel’s Altman Center to
learn from each other and become inspired at the university’s fifth
Leadership Development Institute (LDI).
MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., highlighted accomplishments
and milestones already achieved this year and updated employees about
the institution’s progress with the MUSC Strategic Plan. He also
addressed key leadership transitions within the College of Medicine and
Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, plus focused on future
areas of innovation and technology, entrepreneurialism, globalization
Office of the
President Bart Yancy, associate chief of staff, shares ideas with
colleagues Susan Barnhart, left, and Jody O'Donnell during the July 23
University LDI. LDI is part of the MUSC Excellence initiative.
Greenberg recognized the South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s (SCCP)
efforts on two campuses and its recent accreditation and the James B.
Edwards College of Dental Medicine’s Feb. 27 rededication and opening
of the clinical education center.
He also noted the performance and achievements of the College of
Nursing and College of Health Professions—including being listed as top
graduate programs in U.S. News & World Report; the record-breaking
philanthropy and grants attained; and the medical center’s strong
Greenberg introduced Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., as interim provost and
vice president for Academic Affairs and incoming medicine Dean Etta D.
Pisano, M.D., who also addressed leaders at the LDI. LDI presenter
David McNair recognized examples of excellence since the last quarterly
George Ohlandt, Office of Enrollment Management executive director said
he found Greenberg’s presentation and review of institutionwide
accomplishments to be an inspiring start to the LDI program.
“I also was inspired by the accomplishments made by South Carolina
College of Pharmacy Dean
Dr. Joe DiPiro throughout the past five years. His collaborative,
‘listen first’ style did not end with issues between USC and MUSC
pharmacy schools, but extended to SCCP’s interactions with central
administration offices such as Enrollment Management.”
McNair also led several discussions and activities about communication
and professionalism as a standard to assess staff and faculty. During
one segment, leaders from the College of Health Professions (CHP)
shared their experience in addressing professionalism as part of
faculty and staff evaluations. First, CHP faculty organized a team to
address the topic and provide solutions. Secondly, an idea was adopted
on a trial basis and is being evaluated for success as a best practice
model to share with other colleagues.
“The breakout sessions are a participant’s favorite part of the LDIs,”
according to McNair. “Each table discussed professionalism and how we
could build on this process for orientation, education and
accountability across the institution. These suggestions will be shared
with the steering committee for determining the next steps. This is a
fine way to gain insight from leadership across campus and to create
new pathways for their input.”
After lunch, McNair and LDI event organizers distributed the 2010
faculty/staff survey results and overall pillar goal results to
managers and deans. Groups, assembled by college or departments, met to
discuss results and coordinate follow-up planning.
According to Ohlandt, the Division of Education and Student Life saw
improved results on almost all questions from the survey. The division
met or was above the university average on all marks. Of particular
note was a nearly 10 percent increase in staff, reflecting how
supervisors recognized individual good performance. Ohlandt feels this
was achieved by a concerted effort by management embracing the
principles established through the MUSC Excellence initiative.
Andrea White, Ph.D., professor and director of the Division of Health
Administration, said she loves attending the LDI meetings. “I always
come away energized and filled with lots of fresh,
new ideas. It’s a great way to reconnect with people both inside and
outside of my program
Friday, July 30,