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LDI recognizes achievements, looks ahead

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
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 and interprofessionalism.
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 financial performance.
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 meeting.
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
and college.”

Friday, July 30, 2010

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