Published: November 12, 2015
Updated: November 13, 2015
The University President, the Rev. Dr. Kevin Quinn, S.J., sent an email to The University community Wednesday stating that the board of trustees will conduct a comprehensive presidential assessment.
The 360-degree review will evaluate Quinn’s contribution and work since he entered office in July of 2011. The board will work with The Hagedorn Institute, a consulting service in finance and human resources, to perform the assessment during this academic year.
Stan Zygmunt, director of news and media relations, said these kinds of reviews are routine and explained what a 360-degree review means.
“This is what they call a 360 (review), meaning it’s all the different people you touch, so the board of trustees, who Father will report to, as well as other people he would touch – students, staff, faculty – so the whole University community,” Zygmunt said. “And this has been done at The University.”
Students do not necessarily hear about every assessment undertaken, but Quinn’s actions affect so many people, making his assessment different. Zygmunt said The University community was informed of this review because of Quinn’s presidential role on campus.
Both the board of trustees and Quinn have not immediately responded to email inquiries, and no other means of contact were publicly listed.
A professor from the communication department, Hyuk Jun Cheong, Ph.D., thinks this will provide the president with useful information.
“The president will have an opportunity to make his service better based on this assessment, Cheong said. “So he will have a really good opportunity.”
Cheong is a new professor at The University and explained his past experience with assessments.
“I studied at the University of Tennessee for about seven years, but I never received any email about the assessment of the president or the provost,” Cheong said. “So I think it’s a really good thing to have this kind of evaluation at The University of Scranton.”
Some students have no one-on-one experience with Quinn. Despite the lack of contact, one student, sophomore Jack Hurley, thinks Quinn is a “good guy.”
Hurley said why an assessment could be beneficial.
“(It) keeps him on his toes, makes sure he’s doing the best he possibly can,” Hurley said. “And if he’s doing the best he possibly can, then he has nothing to worry about.”
Hurley said what he wants from a president.
“Just have the students’ best interest in mind first and foremost,” Hurley said.
Update: Members of the board of trustees have responded since this article’s original publication Thursday, referring all questions to the director of news and media relations, Stan Zygmunt.
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