Under new leadership: President Hall begins his tenure as promised by listeningIf his first day in office is an indication of what kind of leader Austin Peay State Universitys new president will be, it appears the Universitys ninth president is off to a good startproving the worth of his word.
During final interviews for the presidency, Tim Hall, then associate provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Mississippi, Oxford, said, if chosen Austin Peays president, he would spend his first several weeks at APSU meeting and listening to the Universitys diverse constituencies.
If his first day in office is an indication of what kind of leader Austin Peay State University's new president will be, it appears the University's ninth president is off to a good startproving the worth of his word.
During final interviews for the presidency, Tim Hall, then associate provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Mississippi, Oxford, said, if chosen Austin Peay's president, he would spend his first several weeks at APSU meeting and listening to the University's diverse constituencies.
And that's how yesterday Hall's first day as presidentbegan. The morning was spent talking with various APSU stakeholdersfrom students to faculty to staff. In the evening the Halls met community supporters at a special reception.
Although Hall and his family did not move into Archwood until Saturday, July 28, he already had attended several APSU athletics and alumni events during the summer. And in July, Hall spoke to the Clarksville Rotary Club and was interviewed by area media, stressing that his first priority as president would be listening.
During an interview with Lee Irwin, 5-Star Radio, Hall said one of APSU's greatest strengths is its faculty. As an indication of the value he places on faculty input, first on Hall's agenda was an early morning meeting with the executive committee of the Faculty Senate.
Dr. Tim Winters, president of the Faculty Senate and associate professor of the classics, said, “President Hall's decision to meet with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee at 7:30 a.m. on his first day on the job sends a very strong message about his leadership style and his understanding of the nature of a university. He listens carefully and thoughtfully, and I believe he will act with that same care and thoughtfulness.”
Later in the morning Hall met with the executive committee of the Staff Council and, at noon, with the officers of the Student Government Association.
Steve Wilson, Web designer and president of the Staff Council, said, “President Hall has shown great interest in Austin Peay's 400 staff members. He believes a team can work much more efficiently than any individual. We appreciate his attitude, work ethic and candor and look forward to a long and healthy professional relationship with him.”
To wrap up Hall's first full day on the job, he and his wife, Lee, were the guests of honor at a reception for community friends, alumni and supporters at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.
For more information about Hall's first day as APSU president, please contact Carol Clark, executive assistant to the president, by telephone at (931) 221-7570. -- Dennie B. Burke