In Memoriam -- Several notable Ombuds passed away in 2012, including: Yoshiko Takahashi, the first Founding Ombuds at Keio University; Elizabeth ("Libby") Kingsbury Davenport, a former Ombuds at the University of Michigan; and Todd Simon, past Ombuds at Kansas State University. Their contributions to the field and to their organizations were invaluable, and they will be missed.
Notable Retirements -- This year also saw the retirement of many prominent Ombuds, including:
- Claudia D'Albini, program director of the University of Arizona Ombuds Program (we missed her actual retirement in 2011);
- Tim Griffin, Northern Illinois University Ombudsman;
- Albin Swenson, Manager of Chevron Corporation's Global Office of the Ombuds;
- James Harris, Ombudsman at Montclair State University;
- Sheryl E. Smith, the Dean of Students and Student Ombuds at Kent State University;
- Justine Sentenne, Corporate Ombudsman for Hydro-Quebec;
- Laurie McCann, Ombudsperson at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and
- Priscilla Mori, Ombudsperson at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
[Runner Up] Among Other Things, Paula Broadwell Was an Ombuds -- Who know that one of the year's most intriguing newsmakers once worked as an Ombuds? Readers of this blog, that's who.
10. Offices Openings Outpace Closures -- The number of new offices far outstripped the few closures in 2012. Ombuds programs were established at:
- Sacramento Association of Realtors;
- Premier Education Group;
- Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors;
- Purdue University (Biological Sciences Dept.);
- Brown University (reopened);
- International Foundation for Online Responsibility;
- University of Rochester Medical Center;
- Asian Development Bank;
- College of Southern Nevada;
- University of Stuttgart;
- Florida International University College of Medicine;
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte;
- U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency;
- Pomona College;
- Savannah State University;
- Medical University of South Carolina;
- Michigan State University Extension;
- Gainesville State College;
- Washington State University (College of Pharmacy);
- San Manuel Band of Mission Indians;
- University of California, Merced;
- Shell Canada (Waterton, Alberta);
- Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina;
- Baylor College of Medicine;
- SelectUSA (U.S. Department of Commerce);
- U.S. Department of Energy;
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
- Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky);
- University of Texas at San Antonio (Research Ombuds);
- Northeastern Illinois University;
- Ohlone College;
- Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (Montreal);
- Baker Hughes;
- University of the Andes; and
- Appalachian State University.
Update 12/13/12: John Zinsser also notes closures of Ombuds programs at:
- TIAA-CREFF; and
- Pure Water Dynamics.
8. Ethics Resource Center Says Ombuds Have Role Under Federal Sentencing Guidelines -- The independent advocacy group recommended that the U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines should explicitly recognize Ombuds as an important and appropriate resource for U.S. corporations.
Related posts: The Ombuds Decade in Review; The Ombuds Year in Review: 2010; The Ombuds Year in Review: 2011 (Part I); The Ombuds Year in Review: 2011 (Part II); The Ombuds Year in Review: 2011 (Part III).