December 2005, Vol. 7 No. 2
Appointment of Dr. Ghassan Hamadeh
Prominent Arab-American Rights Activist Lectures on Islamophobia
Appointment of Dr. Thurayya Arayssi
Business School Lecture on Corporate Governance
Women’s League Meeting
Professor Samir Makdisi to Serve Again on Global Network Board
Human Resources Developments
University Senate Meeting of June 22
September Senate Notes
New Mission Statement
Dean Daghir Steps Down from Deanship
Recently Published: Comparing Media from Around the World
John Rhoder Leaves AUB
Prominent Saudi Businessman Receives AUB Distinguished Alumnus Award
Fading Poetry of Old Lebanese Houses: Art Project by Joe Saleh
Tips for Saving the Planet
Art Club Celebrates Art Day
Jafet Library Displays the Earliest Photographs of AUB Campus
“I’ve done nothing that was not expected from the position I filled. I was hired to do a job, and I did it.”
These were the words of John Rhoder before departing for the United States, after having served the AUB Medical Center as director of Hospital Administration for five consecutive years.
Those who worked closely with John Rhoder will tell you that his modest words are an understatement. His was not a simple job that just anyone could fill. By being both creative and pragmatic in his work approach, Rhoder went out of his way to facilitate rules and regulations and improve the standards of care of the AUBMC community. And by working closely with Dr. Nadim Cortas, vice president for Medical Affairs, he was able to reduce expenses and increase accounts receivable.
Rhoder also was well known for his concept of incorporating new blood. He believed new recruits at the hospital should start at the bottom, become more seasoned and knowledgeable of patient care and hospital policies with time, and then move up the ladder to become director one day. He said AUBMC now has a critical mass of employees that in four or five years will be competitive and up for promotions.
Rhoder’s pride in having served the AUB community for five years shines through as he speaks of the University’s faculty and staff. He is proud of the fact that so many prominent Lebanese have been educated at AUB and that so many AUB graduates hold outstanding positions not only in Lebanon, but around the globe.