makes first on-campus impression
faculty met the first of three Provost candidates in a forum Tuesday.
Provost candidate Arthur Herriott emphasized the universitys
role as a liberal arts institution in a faculty forum Tuesday.
Liberal arts are an important part of the training of any student,
he said. Youre not just training them for an immediate
career.Herriott, a chemistry professor at Florida International
University in Miami, is one of three provost candidates, along with
TCU geology department chairman Nowell Donovan and DePaul University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Mezey.Herriott also
discussed TCUs role as a liberal arts institution versus its
role as a research university.
It doesnt have to be either/or, he said.
However, TCU will have to refocus a bit if it wants to be a research-intensive
university, he said.
Youre on the low side of that group of players,
Herriott said. Whatever you do, you need to protect the quality
of the undergraduate program.Students also need to learn integrity
and leadership in order to succeed in their careers, he said.In
the curriculum, you have formal courses where you introduce values,
Faculty in every discipline should address ethics and values issues,
Harriott said. He cited FIU chemistry professors discussing accuracy
in data as an example.
Youre modeling ethical behavior when you teach in that
way, he said. One of the things weve done at my
university is we have a student code of conduct thats read aloud
at freshman convocation.
Herriott also emphasized non-classroom experiences such
as studying abroad, faculty-student research projects, community service
and involvement in campus organizations. These experiences are essential
to building leadership and community, he said.
Political science professor Charles Lockhart asked Herriott how he
planned to deal with a university that wants to get better.
If you dont get better, youre falling behind,
Herriott said. Getting better is the name of the game.
Many faculty members asked Harriott questions regarding budget issues.
Several factors will impact the way resources are allocated, Herriott
Where are the students? We have to serve the students,
Herriott will also consider profitability when allocating resources.
Where are you going to get a return on your investment?
he asked, adding that similar factors would affect the distribution
of graduate student funds.TCU only has six doctoral-granting programs,
and those programs are modest in size, he said.
It looks like you either need to expand at that level ... or
decide that isnt as central to the mission as you thought,
Herriott characterized his management style as a team approach in
which people are free to ask questions.
My style is one of openness, he said. I want to
be able to defend any decision I make and give reasons.
Several professors declined to comment on the forum. But Jean Giles-Sims,
a sociology professor, was impressed by some of Herriotts qualities.
I thought he handled questions with grace and showed concern,
candidate Arthur Herriot fielded questions in an open meeting
Tuesday afternoon in the Sid Richardson Building.