Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, University of Lynchburg president, has embarked on a listening tour to meet and talk with as many members of the campus community as possible. The “Red Chair Chats” will be held over the next two weeks on the Koudelka Balcony at Drysdale Student Center.
Morrison-Shetlar also plans to have virtual chats with alumni, starting in September.
Over the past several months, Morrison-Shetlar has spoken with dozens of students, retired and current faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and community leaders by phone and video call. With everyone back on campus, she wanted to get more up-close and personal — as much as one can with masks and social distancing.
In the past few days, Morrison-Shetlar has had Red Chair Chats with a few members of the campus community, one-on-one, including lacrosse coach Steve Koudelka, Provost Dr. Allison Jablonksi, dining services worker Angelo Harris, and others.
The events scheduled over the next two weeks will give the rest of the campus community the opportunity to drop by for an informal chat with the new president. “I invite you to drop by … to say hello; introduce yourself, if we’ve not yet met; ask some questions of me; and share your thoughts and feelings about this wonderful university that you call home,” she said in her email.
“It’s my new home and I want to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can. … I do hope you can find the time to stop by and chat for a few minutes. You will help me learn about the University and you, and I want to meet my new Hornet family.”