Messages from the President - 2019

USA President Tony Waldrop’s messages to the University community are posted below and on the University’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/theuniversityofsouthalabama. You can also follow him on Instagram (USA Waldrops).


June 7, 2019

 

Dear USA Faculty and Staff,

In recognition of the dedication of our USA employees, I am pleased to announce that Vallarie Hernandez has been selected Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2019.

The Employee of the Quarter award was developed to recognize the exceptional efforts of one University general staff employee each quarter. Vallarie is a Secretary V in the Integrative Studies Department of the College of Education and Professional Studies. The person who nominated Vallarie has described her as a "revolutionary force" in her department providing exemplary vision and dedication in serving our students, "Vallarie brings a positive attitude to her job and is an excellent listener to both student and faculty needs, striving to find solutions to problems. She spends a great amount of time and energy focused on non-traditional students, and is passionate about removing the perceived barriers faced by adult learners and non-traditional students in the department. Vallarie believes that customer service is a key part of her job and sets the bar extremely high for customer service in her department."

In recognition of Vallarie's commitment to excellence, the presentation of this award took place at the Board of Trustees meeting on June 6, 2019.

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.
President
University of South Alabama


May 29, 2019

 

Dear USA Employees,

The University has concluded the search process for our next Executive Director of Governmental Relations, and I'm pleased to announce that Nick Lawkis has accepted the position, effective immediately.

Many of you already know Nick, who served as Interim Executive Director of Governmental Relations after the retirement of Happy Fulford earlier this year. Nick was an Associate Director in the Office of Governmental Relations from 2015 to 2019. Prior to his role in governmental relations, Nick served in several roles in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations from 2011 to 2015.

Nick holds two degrees from South, an undergraduate degree in business and a master's in public administration. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama, and serves on a number of internal and external committees and boards.

I look forward to Nick's continued excellent work on behalf of the University.

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.
President
University of South Alabama


March 26, 2019

 

Dear USA Employee,

One of my responsibilities as president is to ensure we maintain a positive, productive, secure and ethical work environment for everyone at the University. This is a shared responsibility, however. Every person at USA, regardless of position, plays a role in creating a positive environment and an ethical workplace.

To assist with this shared responsibility, the University recently activated a new phone and internet-based reporting system, called the Ethics & Compliance Hotline. This new system allows you to communicate concerns that you may have, and enables you to remain anonymous if you so choose. We have partnered with EthicsPoint, an external agency, to manage the reporting system. They have gone to great lengths to ensure that reports entered in the system are completely confidential.

When you use the Ethics & Compliance Hotline, you can report misconduct that you observe or become aware of, clarify whether an issue or question is cause for concern, and provide feedback on University policies and processes that could be improved.

We are committed to ensuring that all reports are reviewed and responded to appropriately. You will receive additional information about how to access and use our Ethics & Compliance Hotline from our Office of Compliance in the next few days.

Thank you for your continued great work on behalf of the University.

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.
President
University of South Alabama


March 15, 2019

 

Dear USA Faculty and Staff,

In recognition of the dedication of our USA employees, the University has created an Employee of the Quarter award, which was developed to recognize the exceptional efforts of one University general staff employee each quarter.

I am very pleased to announce that Deborah D. Cobb, Library Supervisor in the Marx Library, has been selected as USA Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2019. Deborah was selected for the successful execution of her work assignments and because of her dedication, creativity and actions toward improving the working environment at USA.

In recognition of Deborah's commitment to excellence, the award was presented at the Board of Trustees meeting on March 15, 2019.

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.
President
University of South Alabama


February 20, 2019

 

I had the privilege today of attending this year's Soul Food Luncheon. The program was inspirational, inviting people to celebrate both unity and diversity among the South community. It also brought light to acceptance, inequality, inclusion and struggle.

The lunch was bookended by powerful alumnae singers. Our students told stories through dance and voice, speaking from their heart and their history.

The event was organized by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs as part of a series of events for Black History Month. I would like to thank Director Jarmora Valrie, and all the students who participated. I hear your voices, and encourage others to listen as well.

Let's heed the call emblazoned on the performers' T-shirts: "We will not stop: Until we all shine."

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.
President
University of South Alabama


February 12, 2019

 

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce the All Employee Picnic will be held on April 17 from noon until 4:00 p.m. at Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza.

This picnic will run four hours in an attempt to accommodate the diversity of employee work schedules. I am asking every senior leader and manager to allow you flexibility within your schedule to attend this event at some point during the day.

Expect additional details, as well as registration information, in the near future. If you have any immediate questions, please contact our Office of Special Events at specialevents@southalabama.edu. Also to learn more about Employee Recognition events for the year, please visit this website.

On behalf of the entire senior leadership team, thank you for your continued work efforts and commitment to the University of South Alabama.

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.
President
University of South Alabama


January 15, 2019

 

Dear USA Employees and Students,

I'm very pleased to let you know that today the University announced it has entered into a new and comprehensive partnership with Hancock Whitney for an array of financial and investment services. As a component of this partnership, our new on-campus football stadium will be named Hancock Whitney Stadium.

Hancock Whitney Stadium will be an outstanding addition to our campus, as well as a first-class venue for our Jaguar Football games and other events.

You'll be hearing more about our partnership with Hancock Whitney in the coming months, and we will keep the University community updated on the progress of Hancock Whitney Stadium as we look forward to our first football game on campus in Fall 2020.

For more information, please see the press release on our website: https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/publicrelations/pressreleases/011519stadium.html.

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.
President
University of South Alabama