It’s not every day you see major institutions involving the public in key decision-making, but that was the case Thursday with Bluffton University and Rhodes State College.
Rhodes gave staff members and the public a chance to ask questions of one of the job candidates for its vacant president’s position. There were no softballs thrown as staff members didn’t hesitate to ask Dr. David Devier about leadership and trust issues, an obvious concern given the high turnover of employees Rhodes experienced during the previous administration. Devier appeared to provide the right answer when he said, “I learned a long time ago that working with folks is better than working against them.” At each table were candidate evaluation cards for the attendees to fill out. Rhodes will repeat the process for the other two candidates in the next two weeks.
At Bluffton, business and political leaders as well as media, sports and church members were invited to take part in a strategic planning session.
No doubt both schools will find the input valuable as they move forward.
Other news’ snippets:
… Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stopped to enjoy a pork chop on a stick as he toured the Minnesota State Fair with Minnesota Gov. Tim Waltz, a Democrat. DeWine was seeking ideas for the “Expo 2050” task force he created to develop a long-range plan for the Ohio Expo Center and state fair. The Ohio governor and seven others left Columbus early Friday morning aboard a state airplane and returned from St. Paul later that evening.
… Being $38,000 in debt with $10,000 of that coming directly from credit card charges makes you an average American, says the Financial Psychology Institute.
… We just cannot put that phone down. Millennials (74%) are the most likely to check email while on vacation, but the rate is also high for Gen X’ers (58%) and Boomers (63%), with the most common reason: it makes catching up on work easier when returning to the office (34%), according to the travel company Alliantz.
… Ohio ranks No. 7 among states with 216,675 robocall complaints filed in 2018, according to data from the Federal Trade Commission.
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