Issue 65, October 2011
The Internal Quarterly Newsletter o American University o Sharjah
Dr. Cleve McDaniel joined AUS asits new Vice Chancellor or Financeand Administration this semester.
met with him in hisoice or a quick interview. Below isan excerpt.
CR: Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a US citizen, and have lived thereall o my lie. I grew up in a smallmining town not ar rom St. Louis,Missouri. I went to undergraduateschool at Washington University inSt. Louis, then got a master’s degreeat Southern Illinois University. I gotmy doctorate at the University oMissouri, Columbia, while I wasworking at Lincoln University inMissouri. I’ve consulted outside theUS but have never worked outside.
CR: Tell us a little about your career.
I’ve been working in the ield ohigher education or 28 years. Inthe US, I have worked in severaluniversity positions as the seniorinance and administrativeoicer. All o my jobs have beenchallenging. My last position asSenior Vice President at the DesertResearch Institute was ascinating, asthis institute conducts environmentalresearch all over the world—itworks on ive continents, includingAntarctica.
CR: What attracted you to AUS?
One o the things that attractedme to AUS is the multiculturalenvironment. I’m really excitedabout the international communityon campus, and am delighted to behere in the Middle East.
CR: What is your average workingday like?
My working days are typicallyvery long— there’s a lot omultitasking and working withsta in a supporting and mentoringrelationship. I enjoy working withpeople rom dierent nationalitiesand am very team oriented. Mycommunication style can be summedup as open and honest.
CR: What plans do you have for AUS?
With an autocratic approach, youtend to hold things close to yourchest. That’s not my aim—I’mlooking or ways to enhancethe transparency o our existingoperations with an ever-increasingalignment with the universitymission. I’m also very customer-service oriented. I’m lookingorward to my time here, workingwith the Chancellor, the Provost,the other vice chancellors and viceprovosts, and with all the acultyand sta. I look orward to makinga contribution and to help make avery good university even better.
CR: There’s a lot of talk these daysabout telecommuting, home officesand the like. What would you thinkof them being applied at AUS?
We are always looking or waysto enhance the use o technology.However, in order to provide greatcustomer service, it works betterwhen people are on campus. Asmany sta and aculty live oncampus, and with the sta able totake advantage o lexi-timings,there is always a lot o built-incommunication. I think that we’realready a step ahead o otheruniversities in this regard.
CR: Do you have any hobbies?
To relax, I like to hike. I have hikedin the oothills in Austria and havealso done some climbing. I used toplay keyboard and trumpet and oncegot to play with Doc Severinsen,who was amous or leading theNBC Orchestra on
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
. I also enjoydoing yoga, workouts and otherexercises.
Making a good university even better
Summon is a new discovery toolthat lets you search the AUSLibrary’s physical and digitalcollections in just one step. Usinga single search index, Summonincludes all items in the library’scollection including ull-text booksand articles, with the resultsranked in a single list according torelevance.
“Summon was selected after anextensive evaluation process.The objective of this newimplementation is to have a singlesearch interface that will makefinding library resources easy andsimple,” said Daphne Flanagan,Interim University Librarian.Many users will find that Summonpoints them to all the informationthey need. Other researchers willwant to dig deeper or use searchtools not available in Summon.Specialized databases and theClassic Catalog will still remainavailable.
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