Faculty Senate preview: Wrighton to address senators for first time as University president

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Wrighton will make his first appearance at the senate since September when Board Chair Grace Speights announced that he would replace former University President Thomas LeBlanc at the start of January.

Mark Wrighton will appear before the Faculty Senate for his first time as interim University president, and a committee will review the status of GW’s financial wellbeing at Friday’s Faculty Senate meeting, according to a senate agenda.

Wrighton will make his first appearance at the senate since September, when Board Chair Grace Speights announced that he would replace former University President Thomas LeBlanc at the start of January – four months earlier than when LeBlanc was first expected to step down. The senate’s fiscal planning and budgeting committee will also present its annual report, which summarizes University finances and major sources of revenue and expenses for the current fiscal year.

Last year’s report consisted of a summary of GW’s credit rating during the fiscal year, which Moody’s Investors Service affirmed at an A1 rating with a stable outlook. The report also outlined fiscal opportunities and challenges, including the varying impacts of enrollment trends on University revenue.

Faculty senators Joe Cordes, a professor of economics and public policy and public administration, and Susan Kulp, a professor of accountancy, co-chair the committee.

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