JOHN SELKER (at OSU since 1991), Associate Professor, Biological and Ecological Engineering, Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering
FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Agricultural Sciences Senator, 2007-present, 2003-05, 2001
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES: Director of Water Resources Graduate Program, 2005
SEARCH COMMITTEE: Head of Institute for Water and Watersheds, 2006
Candidate Statement: OSU is remarkable because of commitment to community, communication skills, and collaborative culture. Leadership focuses on rankings, size, and external aspirations, instead of unique cultural strengths proven successful amidst decades of budgetary declines. Recent administrative proposals do not reflect tap-root cultural treasures; appear symbolic instead of effective (e.g., sacrifice no-cost minors); and estimate savings based on flawed data (saving $12,000 per course). I will assure decisions are based on valid data, and not allow cuts primarily for appearances. We must nourish the core of this amazing place, and believe good outcomes will arise from decisions reflecting OUR aspirations and context.