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April 30, 2001

Employee council

By Eric Rangus


At his first Employee Council meeting as president, Bill McBride announced that his theme for 2001–02 will be the “Year of Community.”

The theme ties into McBride’s interest in servant leadership, a philosophy used primarily in business that emphasizes increased service to others, a sense of community in the workplace and the sharing of power in decision making.

“If you give somebody the means to do a good job, they’ll do a good job for you,” McBride told the council April 18 in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library. “We’re trying to present an alternative to the ego-driven, ‘you will do this’-type of management.”

The council plans to offer several programs and brown bags related to servant leadership throughout the next academic year.

To open the meeting, McBride welcomed new council members (about one-third of those in attendance), distributed information packets and briefly discussed council responsibilities.
Laura Case and Bill Chatfield of FMD were the guest speakers, and they discussed the environmentally friendly aspects of the almost-complete Whitehead Research Building. They distributed a sheet detailing 15 ways the project contributes to a more environmentally aware campus.

Committee chairs Cheryl Bowie (special issues), Don Newsome (membership) and Cheryl Sroka (communications) discussed their responsibilities and invited new members to join them. They will be asked to officially sign up for committees at the next council meeting.

Several committee co-chairships and University Senate memberships were filled. Julia Leon will co-chair the special issues committee, Laquanda Jackson will co-chair the membership committee, and Margie Varnado will co-chair the communications committee. Sroka will sit on the fringe benefits subcommittee of the University Senate, and Steve Elwood of nursing will be the council’s senate member from Health Sciences. The only open position is parking representative for the University Senate.

The next Employee Council meeting will be Wednesday, May 16, in the Jones Room from 2–4 p.m.

All staff welcome at council

Employee Council meetings are not exclusively for council members. They are open to the public, and any staff member may attend. For a complete list of meeting places and times, refer to the council website at

If you have a question or a concern for Employee Council, send e-mail to McBride at


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