publication date: Mar. 20, 2015

“Trust Has Been Broken” at MD Anderson; UT Chancellor Calls for Shared Governance

There will be no more faculty surveys at MD Anderson, UT System Chancellor William McRaven pledged to the institution’s faculty in a closed-door meeting March 18.

“I don’t intend to have any more surveys,” McRaven said in a meeting where he acknowledged the concerns of the faculty, but also expressed support for the administration of the Houston-based cancer hospital.

“I think your surveys—at least the ones I’ve seen—give me a clear indication of where the faculty is,” McRaven said at the meeting that lasted for about an hour-and-a-half. “And maybe it’s not unanimous, but I’ve got to tell you that the numbers in the surveys are pretty damning, for the lack of a better term.”

McRaven, the former admiral who, as head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, oversaw the covert operation responsible for killing Osama bin Laden, expressed support for the institution’s Faculty Senate, thereby establishing it as the negotiating partner for the administration headed by President Ronald DePinho.

“Faculty Senate is where I am going to get my input,” McRaven said.

Opening another channel of communication, McRaven gave out his personal email address and cell phone number, urging the faculty members to contact him directly should they become aware of any acts of retaliation from the DePinho leadership team.

Affirmation of the Faculty Senate as DePinho’s negotiating partner was McRaven’s principal message.

Drawing on his military experience, McRaven sees morale as a pivotal issue. “You don’t move forward unless the folks that support you day in … Continue reading 41-11 “Trust Has Been Broken” at MD Anderson; UT Chancellor Calls for Shared Governance

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