NEW UK FACULTY TRUSTEE IRINA VORO CRITICAL OF UK ADMINISTRATORS – WE WERE HIGHLY IMPRESSED WITH HER IN A RECENT LAWREADER INTERVIEW
Irina Voro, the new faculty trustee on the UK board, campaigned on transparency. She has criticized the raise given former UK president Lee T. Todd Jr. before his retirement and the “secret search” for UK’s new president.
Irina Voro, the University of Kentucky’s new faculty trustee, teaches in a cramped studio that houses two pianos, and won not one but two elections to get her seat on the board.
She criticizes UK’s spending — “Is this the University of Kentucky or Wall Street?” — and said in her platform statement that UK’s administration treats the faculty like “bumpkins.”
She has spoken out in behalf of accountability from the UK administration. She questions how UK finds money to give the president a raise when the faculty has struggled along for years without one.
“She will be vocal,” said fellow faculty trustee Joe Peek, elected in 2010 on a similar reform platform. “I think she’ll be aggressive. I think she will have no hesitance to speak up.”
Although Peek has joked about the “rubber stamp” that some UK trustees give to administration initiatives, he thinks that during the last year more trustees have been willing to speak up and openly dissent from the prepackaged agenda.
Voro is both an acclaimed pianist and teacher of piano. She has appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall. She told us that she could sense the ghosts of the many famous performers who had stood on center stage.
We found her to be a remarkably intelligent woman. UK may never be the same. If her influence is felt by the other UK Trustees, and we predict it will, there won’t be much use for the rubber stamp policies of past Trustee board members.