Inaugurating his service as the new Principal of Edwardes College, the Revd. Canon Dr. Titus Presler held plenary meetings with the Faculty and Staff of the college in two gatherings held on 17 and 18 May 2011.
Meeting with the Faculty on May 17, Presler said he was very much enjoying his time at the college and that he was impressed with the dynamism and dedication of faculty members. He thanked Prof. Naseem Haider for his service as Acting Principal and noted Naseem’s “never failing graciousness, wisdom and efficiency,” three qualities he said are not often found in one person. He thanked the Management Team for their collaboration in college leadership, a group which, in addition to Prof. Naseem, included Vice Principal Prof. Kalim Ullah, Administrative Officer Prof. Francis Karamat, and Finance Director Mr. Fahim Khan.
Asking the rhetorical question, “What is the next stage in the life and work of Edwardes College?” Presler went on to discuss the Mission Statement and Vision Statement of the college (found at Edwardes Purpose on the college website). He then reviewed the SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) developed by the Management Team.
In discussing Vision 2013, the planning document for the college’s next several years, Presler emphasized the overall goal of Edwardes becoming a degree-granting institution and the central importance of upgrading faculty qualifications in that process. (Currently Edwardes grants degrees through the University of Peshawar.) He congratulated faculty members currently studying for M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in their fields and encouraged others to embark on such studies. He said the Management Team intended to strengthen support for faculty who are upgrading their qualifications. Presler noted that the shift to the term “faculty” from “teaching staff” was more in keeping with the degree-granting status that Edwardes plans to achieve..
About 70 of the 85 faculty members were able to attend the gathering, which was preceded by a photo session of the entire faculty. The two Vice Principals were seated with the Principal as he addressed the group, and they shared in responding during the Q&A session that followed the Presler’s talk.
On the next day, May 18, the Principal met in a similar format with the entire Staff of the college, which included office personnel, accounting personnel, gardeners, cooks, masons, carpenters, drivers and peons. While covering some of the same ground discussed with the Faculty, Presler noted three qualities he sought to express in the administration of the college: Open to the concerns of all; Consultative in talking together about problems and challenges; Caring in being concerned for the total situation of each member of Staff and Faculty.
Vice Principal Kalim Ullah translated Presler’s talk verbally into Pashto during the meeting. As with the Faculty, the Staff gathering was followed by tea and refreshments. The Staff gathering was the first such plenary meeting with the Staff that anyone could recall.
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