March 11, 2015

Dr. Charles Iacovou, Dean of the School of Business, spoke about many of the School’s priorities and initiatives now and in the near future.

Dean Iacovou described the School’s mission as helping businesses create a better world through developing passionate ethical business leaders who get results with integrity, and thought leadership that is visible and that positively impacts the practice of business.

He listed the MBA program’s investment themes as: educating the whole person, connected to the market, and academic leadership. The School emphasizes student-faculty/staff engagement, experiential learning and ethical leadership. In response to changes in business, there will be greater focus on analytics (big data degree program planned) and e-learning. A top priority is hiring top-quality faculty and staff and recruiting top students. There will also be a growing number of partnerships with leading firms to the benefit of all at the School.

He also summarized priorities for the School’s three centers: Center for Retail Innovation, Center for Leadership & Character and the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism. The School also has an Office of Diversity & Global Initiatives.

To see more of Dr. Iacovou’s presentation, click here.

SAC member Wendy Harper announced that the Fringe Benefits Committee is responsible for the SAC table/display on April 21 at the Annual Benefits Fair in Benson University Center, Room 401.  SAC executive board members and others from SAC will work the table. Computers will be there so that people can stop by the table and RSVP for the June staff appreciation event being planned.

SAC member Ted Johnson updated all on the upcoming SAC elections. The last date for nominations is March 23, election begins April 1.

SAC President Jennifer Killingsworth announced that a mobile mammography unit will be on campus on April 1 and 2. Registration is required through the Professional Development Center web site.

Standing Committee Report-out

Events: Thrive will partner with SAC on the June staff appreciation/annual picnic event. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. A final decision on the location will be forthcoming. It will be determined in April and announced.

Elections: There will be 14 people rolling off this next election cycle; we will be electing 15 new people; Campus Life is in need of nominees; can only nominate someone within your own division; March 23rd will be the deadline to nominate someone; Ted to send out an “FAQ” sheet on the benefits of being on the SAC (prior to nomination); election will start April 1.

Communications: SAC is now on Instagram and Twitter (@wfusac); spread word; now have 125 followers

Fringe Benefits: At April meeting, there will be discussion of any potential or planned benefits changes. See reference above to benefits fair, too.

Professional Development: no report

Work-Life Balance: no report

Outside Committee Report-out

Faculty Senate: Senate did not meet in February, next meeting is March 25.

Parking & Transportation: some changes are upcoming in regarding to parking rules, etc. Report to SAC will be made later.

Capital Planning Advisory: no report

Tree Advisory: no report

DIPC: no report

Finance: no report

Chaplain’s Emergency Fund: no report

Important Dates & Information
All were encouraged to participate in the Healthy Outcomes program so as to get a $200 credit toward their BCBSNC premiums.

Next meeting is on Wednesday, April 8 when Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students will be presenting and CAPTRUST Representative Jim Strodel will provide updated information to the SAC on progress being made, changes ahead for the University’s 403 B program

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