Tom Ormond, the University of North Georgia’s new provost, and Chaudron Gille, vice provost, have laid out their plans for the upcoming fall semester.
Ormond, who was named provost on March 30, said he would prioritize student success. Carol Adams, associate vice president and dean of University College, and her staff will work on services such as learning support programs, English as a second language programs, general studies programs, supporting the UNG Corps of Cadets, supplemental instruction programs, tutoring programs and UNIV career and internship courses, Ormond said.
“Dr. Adams’ able management of the UC program has everything to do with improving the quality of learning support, that in turn will lead to students’ graduating on time,” Ormond said.
Additionally, he supports the university’s quality enhancement plan, “On Time and On Target,” Ormond said. The program, “On Time and On Target” is supposed to improve the university’s advising system by adding new advisers and technology, Ormond said.
Ormond will prioritize familiarizing himself with UNG’s five campuses, he said. The fact that UNG is so spread out poses a challenge, but he wants to maintain a presence at each campus, Ormond said.
“Over the summer I made my way around all campuses except for Blue Ridge, but intend to visit that campus very soon. I am very impressed with the energy at all campuses and will make myself available to all groups,” Ormond said.
He also talked about his first impression of UNG since arriving. The university has “a strong history of excellence” and has the potential to be a leader among Georgia’s and the southeast region’s institutions, Ormond said. The Corp of Cadets are an added strength of the university, he said.
Ormond also discussed improving the amount of diversity on campus. He will ask search committees to include diverse, qualified faculty during the hiring process, he said. He also supports Sheila Caldwell, the adviser to the president on diversity, Ormond said.
“Diversity must be part of an ongoing conversation at UNG,” Ormond said.
UNG is expanding quickly, and it is challenging to manage its resources, Ormond said. But the faculty, staff and students at the university are up for the task, he said.
Gille also discussed plans for the upcoming semester. Gille was previously the interim associate provost, and her first impressions of her new position were positive, she said. She will work with Ormond to ensure a smooth transition into the new semester, Gille said. She said she would also like to get to know more of the faculty.
Like Ormond, she will plan to continue the Quality Enhancement Program, Gille said. She also mentioned her work on the new Blue Ridge Scholars Program for that campus.
“Communication and delivery of services between UNG’s five campuses have to continue to be very deliberate. Spending time on each campus is very important,” Gille said.
Gille said the university could find opportunities to invite the towns’ people to participate in campus events to work towards mutually beneficial relationships between the town and gown.
Like Ormond, Gille talked about diversity at UNG. The environment at UNG must promote respect and understanding. Raising awareness about the issue is important, she said.