Students, faculty react to appointment

By Hailey Heinz and Bessie King

Though university president-elect Joseph Aoun said his new tenure will begin with a “long listening period,” Gina Edmunds is pretty clear on what his agenda should be.

“I have been here for three years and I don’t even know what President Freeland looks like,” said the senior nursing major. “It would be nice that with this new president more events or visits are made with students so that at least we know his face.”

Despite coming to a university where visibility of administration has been limited in the past, the president-elect admits that he is a relative novice to the local climate.

“You have a teaching role with me, too – and I mean it,” he told a group of 20 students Thursday afternoon.

Other students want a leader who will be approachable and even recognizable.

Jason Stackiewicz, who received much support from President Freeland after an accident during the 2004 Super Bowl riots that left him in a month-long coma, said the university’s new president will have to make sure he stays connected with student life.

“It will be very hard for this new president to top that care we received, but I do hope that he becomes involved with the student body and cares for them as individuals,” said Stackiewicz, a senior criminal justice major.

Others believe Aoun’s fundraising experiences will be an asset for the university, and may ultimately lead to an increased feeling of satisfaction among students.

“I think it’s a positive move because Freeland’s plans were great, but cost us a lot of money,” said Boyan Kovavic, a senior international affairs major. “This new president is a great fundraiser, so he will help us get more funds.”

Administrators and faculty, on the other hand, expressed cautious optimism toward the university’s latest appointment.

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