EVSU Prexy Aspirants A Heartbeat Away
Yes, I was seated too close enough to their presentations cum campaign style.
When the first nominee wowed the audience with her Integrity First then Excellence Development Framework, she called for integrity not only among the ranks of EVSU, but also among the Search Committee. Armed with a one-page powerpoint slide, the technical man behind the slide failed to highlight and follow through this great orator, yet oh so perfect still. She moved in very close — very close. In fact, too close to fall on her knees but graciously recovered her composure in a three tier platform, intended for mishaps?
Outside four other nominees await for their turns, maybe comforting one another or concentrating on one’s presentation’s cuing. Each lasted for 15 minutes – too short for a smart framework, yet too long for an weak one.
The nominees did it well. The second nominee focused on doable agriculture initiatives. An agriculturist by heart, he had a “green” framework. The third speaker succinctly envisioned accountability and moral responsibility. Did he feel awkward? Actually no, he was cool, crystal clear, and I admire him. Always.
The fourth speaker, caught my attention. Tactful, he talked about “nurturing environment.” The shortest presentation, he believed in innovation, mastery, authenticity, guts and ethics. The last presenter was tough according to a seatmate who finished guidance and counseling. Eaves dropping, she commented that the voice was compelling.
By the way, two women and three men vying for the prexy post is quite gender balanced. The EVSU has yet to have a woman president . A university so paternalistic in descent and fortunate/unfortunate to have male leaders. Maybe, girl empowerment can make the difference this time.
EVSU deserves the transformational manager who can govern the “ungovernable”( again, according to a seatmate) . Region 8 has been “punished” long enough to have a technological institute with a non-techie leader – do politicians have a hand on this? I intentionally witnessed the presentation to evaluate how the Search Committee works. By the way, the criteria weightages were not announced. How do we validate then the choice?
Common to all: they were all ambitious, learned men and women. One was modest to end in a prayer that in the event the she is not elected, she appeals for common sense and integrity . No great expectations from her end, but so great, great expectations from the Search Committee- who, stakeholders expect to be free from fear and undue pressure.
By: Dr. Nila L. Filamor
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