The Visiting Scholar Program will bring distinguished scholars to the campus for stays of no fewer than three days, and in some cases, much longer. In the last several years, money to bring visiting lecturers and other dignitaries to campus has not been available. President Esteban believes that the need, however, for faculty and students to be exposed to new ideas and varying points of view is great, and he has made it a priority to see that the Visiting Scholar Program is initiated.
In a memo to the campus, President Esteban said, "I am enthusiastic about the enrichment of the learning environment that a visiting scholar program will produce. Not only will we benefit from the ideas brought by the scholars, but intellectual discussion will be sparked amongst ourselves. I see this program as becoming a hallmark of the University."
He called for proposals that are due in the Provost's office on February 27. Decisions about scholars will be made by March 16.
The Presidential Leadership Program consists of a one-year internship for up to five individual faculty, staff, or middle-managers. The program will broaden the range of administrative experience, and, at the same time, increase the number of people able to implement change.
In a memo sent to the campus on January 23, President Esteban referred to his fall convocation speech, in which he said, "Higher education is being challenged by many new issues, which require leaders to be flexible, responsive, sensitive to diversity, and knowledgeable about the values and mission of the institution." The program, according to Esteban, will provide the campus with new leadership energy.
Interested candidates were asked to submit a two-page description of a project to the President's office by February 15. The president will make an initial review and then forward them to the appropriate vice presidents. One of the main deciding factors will be the degree to which the proposal forwards the priorities of the Strategic Plan.
Leadership Interns will be released full time from their current responsibilities so that they can devote full-time to the project. As they return to their regular positions, they will be provided support and continued opportunities for developing as leaders within the University.