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Staff/AAP Council Holds First Meeting, Selects Interim Leadership

Trudy Bright

Trudy Bright

August 14, 2012 – The new Staff/AAP Advisory Council selected interim leadership representing the three campuses and university services during its inaugural meeting July 24.

Trudy Bright of the Office of Sponsored Research represents the Medical Center campus, Meghan Dimsa of the Office of Student Affairs will represent Main Campus and Margo Gottesman of University Facilities and Student Housing will speak for university services. Anna Selden of the Office of Journal Administration and Office of Faculty Support represents the Law Center.

Meghan Dimsa

Meghan Dimsa

The representatives will help establish a meeting structure, communication tools, basic guidelines and working groups for the council, which advises university leadership on behalf of the university’s staff and academic administrative professionals (AAP).

“I currently have the wonderful opportunity to work with three other interim representatives on a close level as we funnel the ideas from Main Campus and each respective area on the council into working committees that will efficiently move this council forward,” Dimsa said.

Margo Gottesman

Margo Gottesman

She also said serving in the interim position has given her the opportunity to connect with her Main Campus council colleague Nadim El-Khoury, who now works in at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

“His insight and unique concerns provided me with a more thorough understanding of connectedness across campus and beyond,” she said.

Permanent leadership will be elected once council members draft a constitution, establish committees and governing procedures and determine which representatives will serve one-year or two-year terms.

Anna Selden

Anna Selden

Chris Augostini, senior vice president and chief operating officer, and Mary Anne Mahin, vice president and chief human resources officer, also attended the first council meeting to welcome the members. They encouraged the council to think about how university leaders can work with the members and remain accessible to council representatives.

“Our inaugural meeting was historic and gratifying, and we were all energized by Chris Augostini and Mary Anne Mahin’s words of support to the staff and AAPs,” said Gottesman. “We look forward to a strong partnership between the council and university leadership.”

The next meeting will take place Sept. 18.

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