Seven months ago, the private research university in New York City appointed Joan C. Waters as University Ombuds, only the second person to hold the position. She told the Columbia Spectator that Waters said that she’s already seen 175 visitors, one-third of which have visited the office more than three times.
October 16, 2014
The University of California in Davis has hired Rita Callahan to serve as an Associate Ombudsperson. She joins Director Susan Kee-Young Park, who opened the Ombuds Office and has been serving the campus single-handedly since April 2013. Callahan started on October 15.
October 07, 2014
The North Dakota's largest university has appointed Kristine Paranica to serve as its first Ombudsperson. Paranica will work with NDSU faculty and others working in academic affairs including graduate research assistants. She is working out of a temporary location while an Ombuds office is being built in the campus library.
September 16, 2014
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has established an Ombuds Office for nearly 2,000 faculty members. Professors Karen L. O'Malley and Jeff Lowell are the first Ombuds and their website went online just days ago.
September 08, 2014
On Friday, the SEC announced that Tracey L. McNeil has been selected as the first Ombudsman for the agency. She will begin her new post on September 22. The IOA had urged the SEC to carefully define the role and, although a bit vague, the announcement makes it sound like McNeil will be a Classical Ombuds.
The public university in Toronto has appointed two Assistant Ombudsperson: Heather McGhee Peggs and Katharina Ploss. They join University Ombudsperson Nora Farrell while Ayesha Adam, who has been an Assistant Ombuds at Ryerson since 2009, is on a leave for 2014.
September 05, 2014
McGill University has named Chemical Engineering Professor Dimitrios Berk as its next Ombudsperson for Students. Berk says that he's looking forward to the work. “It’s a people-oriented position, so I think it’s a different challenge from what we have in Engineering.” Berk started his half-time appointment on September 2 and replaced Spencer Boudreau, who completed a five-year term.
August 15, 2014
The public university in Lexington has appointed law professor Michael P. Healy, to the role of Academic Ombud for 2014-2015. The Office of Academic Ombud Services at UK assisting 40,000 students and instructional staff with academic problems and conflicts. Healy's term began August 1, 2014.
August 07, 2014
The public university in Indiana announced that Ralph Webb will become the first Faculty Ombudsperson on August 18. Purdue President Mitch Daniels said, "As a faculty member with nearly 50 years of service to Purdue, Dr. Webb is exceptionally qualified to provide these services with the utmost conscientiousness and care." (Unfortunately, Daniels also said that the Ombuds would provide "faculty members with objective, third-party arbitration when they might need it most.") Webb, a Professor of Communication, will serve a two-year term, which may be renewed.
July 16, 2014
The Office of the Ombudsman, Center for Cooperative Resolution at the NIH has named Tyler Smith as its new Associate Ombudsman. He will join Howard Gadlin, Ombudsman and Director of the Center, David Michael, Deputy Ombudsman, Kathleen Moore, Senior Associate Ombudsman, Associate Ombudsmen Linda Brothers, Linda Myers and Lisa Witzler, and Denise Burns, Program Support Assistant.
The University of Pennsylvania has appointed a former Vice Provost for Faculty, Lynn Hollen Lees, to serve two years as the University Ombudsman. President Gutmann said, “Lynn ... brings a breadth and depth of experience, excellent judgment and a record of exemplary service to the role of Ombudsman that will be invaluable. I am delighted that she has agreed to serve as Penn’s next Ombudsman.”
July 09, 2014
The New York-based global investment management firm has named Carolyn Esposito as its Ombudsman. Prior to joining AllianceBernstein, Esposito was President of Talent Pathways, providing executive and organizational coaching. She is also a Director of the New York City Chapter of the International Coach Federation.
May 28, 2014
The Office of the Ombuds at UCSD has made a few changes. John Armijo, who joined the office last year has been appointed the Interim Director and Ombudsperson. Nick Raichart was hired as the Associate Ombudsperson in April 2014. Judy Bruner, the former Director became the Chief Campus Ethics and Compliance Officer, and will oversee of the Ombuds Office and Audit and Management Advisory Services.
May 15, 2014
URI has named two emeriti professors, Gerry Tyler and Al Killilea, to serve as Co-Ombuds for students and other members of the University community. The Ombud Office has been in existence since 1971 and serves a total population of about 18,000. The office moved to a new location in April. The appointments became effective February 20, 2014.
May 07, 2014
Norman H. Altman has been appointed to be the Ombudsperson for the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, for a three-year term starting June 1, 2014. He succeeds Richard Thurer, who created the Ombuds program in 2010. Pascal J. Goldschmidt, Dean of the Miller School, said “Dr. Thurer has done an excellent job launching and building the Office of the Ombudsperson. I know that Dr. Altman will continue that tradition of excellence.”
May 05, 2014
On May 1, 2014, TSSA, the non-profit organization that creates and enforces public safety rules in the province of Ontario, Canada established a new Ombudsman program. As TSSA's first Ombuds, Sandra Cooke will, "offer industry and regulated parties an independent and confidential means to engage on all types of issues, including reporting misconduct, without fear of retaliation."
March 26, 2014
Michigan Technological University has named Susanna Peters, a lecturer in law and society as its new Ombuds Officer. Her appointment takes effect on April 15. Peters earned her MS from the University of California at Davis and then a JD at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She teaches a variety of legal issues and has been the faculty advisor to MTU's Mock Trial Team. (MTU News, Faculty Bio.)
March 25, 2014
With the appointment of two new members, the Ombuds Office of the Swiss humanitarian organization has expanded significantly. The new Ombuds also will be posted closer to many of ICRC's 12,500 worldwide employees.
March 19, 2014
Joan E. Foley, has served as the U of T Ombudsperson since 2007, but her career with the university began in 1963 as a lecturer in psychology. She explains that the attractive thing about being the Ombuds is the great diversity of matters and the clientele – who can be students or faculty or staff.