President Ryan Hears from Students on How to Improve UVA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - University of Virginia President Jim Ryan is looking to students for advice on how to fix issues at the university.
On Wednesday, March 6, he held an open discussion called An Hour with President Ryan at Garrett Hall to show students that their voices speak volumes.
President Ryan led a discussion on how the university can improve on certain things in order to create a school that caters to everyone.
This isn't the first town hall-style meeting Ryan has held.
In the past, he's invited parents and faculty to join the conversation. But on Wednesday, it was just students.
Rather than discuss issues, the group focused more on the actions that can start to be taken to improve the university.
“I think they're absolutely critical,” Michael Lenox of UVA’s Darden School of Business, said. “One, just to get feedback, and then two, to engage the community. At the end of the day if the strategic planning process is successful, it will be successful because people feel a sense of ownership and engagement.”
Ryan will continue doing town halls like this one as a part of his Ours to Shape campaign, and the topics will become more centered in the future.
He’s already used key points from past discussions to aid his mission to change the feel of the university.