The University held an organizational congress meeting on Monday, where administrators came to field questions from students without mentioning the ongoing issues regarding Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of the University.
After a brief introduction by Dr. Kathryn Hutchinson, vice president of student affairs, today’s meeting featured Joe Tufano, vice president and chief information officer of information technology, and Scott Lemperle, director of auxiliary services operations, who both answered questions in their respective fields on University technology and food options on campus.
Neither Dr. Hutchinson nor Dr. Danny Trujillo, associate vice president of student affairs, who was also in attendance stood in front of the podium to field questions.
Vice president elect and organizations committee chair, Mark Benavides, informed the Torch last Tuesday that the meeting would serve a similar purpose to the previously cancelled town hall, which Harrington usually attends.
This year’s town hall meeting was canceled on March 11 as controversies surrounded Harrington and his chief of staff, Robert Wile. Typically, the annual event permits students to voice concerns and questions to the president and other high-level administrators.
Although the meeting earlier today wasn’t formally announced to the student body as a town hall meeting, administrators don’t normally attend organizational congress assemblies.
There has been no word regarding a possible town hall in the future with Harrington.