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Indiana Wesleyan University Welcomes Dr. Matt Lucas, Chancellor, IWU-National & Global

It is a special day for the IWU community.

I am pleased to welcome Dr. Matt Lucas as Chancellor of IWU – National and Global. Matt, his wife Tammy, and their daughters moved to Marion this past August. Since that time, Matt has been working alongside retiring chancellor Audrey Hahn as chancellor-elect. Matt assumes full responsibility as chancellor as of October 1st.

The chancellor serves as the chief administration officer of IWU-National and Global, which serves more than 10,000 students at 15 educational centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as all online students who come from the United States and 30 other countries. IWU’s DeVoe School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts are all housed within the National and Global umbrella.

Matt comes to IWU from Corban University in Salem, Oregon where he served most recently as Executive Vice President providing oversight of academics, enrollment and marketing, and strategic planning.

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Matt Lucas, chancellor of IWU National and Global.

“As we come to the close of the first quarter of the 21st century, colleges and universities find themselves under increasing pressure to redefine and reinvent themselves to meet the demands of a dynamic market and rapid technological shifts,” Lucas said. “I came to IWU because I believe National and Global is poised to meet this challenge by building on a legacy of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit and creating relevant alternative approaches to higher education in the US and around the world.”

 

 

Those who know Dr. Lucas have described him as innovative, strategic, entrepreneurial, inspirational, globally minded and gospel-centered. We are delighted that Matt has joined our community. I believe Matt is the right leader for IWU-National and Global and I look forward to seeing how he and his leadership team will shape our institution in the coming years.

Sabbath Rest in the Age of E-mail

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Our leadership team has been asking how we can model healthy work-life balance.  We believe that organizations are healthier in every way when they honor Sabbath principles.

For many years we’ve had a hard-working, intense institutional culture.  Most of us like this kind of an environment.  We work hard because we like our work.  We like the feeling of accomplishment that comes with achieving big goals.

We don’t want to change our community’s zest for our work.  But we also believe that IWU will be an even better place if we model healthy Sabbath principles.

Email has become one of the greatest blessings of our working lives.  It is also one of the greatest thieves of healthy work-life balance.

So we’ve created a simple protocol to help us manage this marvelous management tool.  I offer here in case it might be useful to others wrestling with this marvelous tool.

Public Nature of Email and Texts

We will remember that email and texts sent via the university’s systems are public documents that belong to the university.  They are not confidential.

Complexity

While it is appropriate to create a lengthy email to give context, offer opinions, and perspective, we will not try to solve complex management issues without sitting down at a table and discussing them in person.

Conflict

We will not try to resolve conflict via email or texts.  If someone sends us an email or text that creates or suggests conflict we will ask for a personal meeting.

Reply All

We will only use Reply All when the original sender is requesting feedback from the group or we believe our response would be important for everyone to see.  An example of when not to use Reply All: Someone sends an email to a large group and our response is simply “Thank You” or “I appreciate the update.”

Blind Copies

We will use Blind Copy sparingly.
 
Weekends

We will not send work emails or texts, except in emergencies or in conducting planned weekend events, from Friday at 6:00 p.m. to Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
 
Vacation
 
We will designate a leader in charge of our areas when we go on vacation.  Our automatic out-of-office reply will provide some message as follows:

“If your message is urgent please contact _______________.  If you still need a reply after _______________ please re-send your message at that time to ensure a response.  While your message is important to me, IWU believes in the importance of rest and rejuvenation, so we are asked not to read and respond to work emails while on vacation.”