Session Three, June 11
OPEN LINE is a weekly posting of communications between Dr. Amnuay Tapingkae, Interim President of Payap University, and any members of the Payap community who wish to have direct access to him and clear answers in reply. The format is an dialogue between Dr. A and Dr. K (Kenneth Dobson, Adviser to the President) acting as interviewer.
K. Dr. Amnuay a couple of weeks ago you invited a group of us who are long-time personnel from the USA to form a Vision and Funding Task Group. They presented a report of suggestions to you.
A. Yes, Ken, I really appreciate their response after they had a Zoom meeting, which was a new experience for a few of them. This group has been steadfast and loyal to Payap University for decades. I understand the Zoom meeting was arranged by Dr. Tony Waters of our PhD in Peacebuilding program. I have just received word that his full professorship from California State, Chico has been accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education so he is now officially a full professor here in Thailand as well. This is an honor for us, and I want to congratulate Tony for fulfilling the Ministry’s requirements to make it happen.
K. What did the group suggest that caught your attention?
A. Their comments and suggestions got me inspired to draft a game-plan for the next phase of our interim. In order to respond to their suggestions I want to...
June 4, 2020
OPEN LINE is designed to provide direct access to and from Dr. Amnuay Tapingkae, Interim President of Payap University. There will be one session a week through this period at the beginning of the new academic year and the end of the first year of Dr. Amnuay’s two-year tenure. The format for OPEN LINE is to simulate an interview between Dr. Amnuay and Dr. Ken Dobson, Adviser to the Interim President. For this session, responses from various students will be mentioned with replies.
K. Dr. Amnuay, there have been a number of responses to the OPEN LINE interview last week.
A. I am very encouraged by how much attention is being paid to our situation and by how helpful people have been. It is so valuable to have multiple perspectives.
K. One set of responses came from students. Daniel Xiong suggested raising money from alumni and international churches in Chiang Mai to help pay June salaries.
A. I have read all of Daniel’s suggestions and I completely agree with his last line that, “this is not only a financial crisis it is a CHRIST crisis in Payap.” As for the immediate issue of June salaries, we need the Foundation of the Church of Christ in Thailand to provide operational funds for each of the next several months, as they have said they will do. We rely on our friends for specific projects. For example, a couple of years ago...
As the first year of the interim-presidency of Dr. Amnuay Tapingkae draws to a close on July 31 he has asked me (Dr. Kenneth Dobson, Adviser to the Interim President) to moderate an “Open Line” between him and all of us in the Payap community. His wish is to provide information directly to you and to answer your questions in a way that all of us can know what’s going on, because a lot is happening.
To get us started I will be posing some questions for Dr. Amnuay to respond to.
K: What has been your initial accomplishment since last August 1?
A: I have tried to cut the operational expenses of the university. Finances have been our presenting issue. Minimizing waste has been a focus. We have tried to reduce the cost of electricity and utilities. One way of doing that has been to recondition air conditioning equipment, for example, and renovation of classroom buildings. In addition, we have tackled labor costs by outsourcing some services and using technology and police protection rather than excessive personnel of our own for campus safety.
K: In terms of operational expenses, I understand you have investigated the costs of our departments. What did you find?
A: It came as a surprise that only 2 of our 12 faculties and colleges were profitable. Nursing and Pharmacy are the only ones that are not operating at a net loss. This has been going on for so long that the university...
Payap University Announcement
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES REGARDING COVID-19
[This is a summary translation issued by the Office of the President for the convenience of international staff and students. The official version is available in Thai on the Payap website.]
The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has impelled the Thai government to require restrictions on the operation of educational institutions along with many other enterprises. Units of the administration of Chiang Mai Province have taken further steps to delay and inhibit the spread of the virus. Pursuant to these orders Payap University has revised its previously announced operational plans for the period from now through midnight April 13.
In order for us to restrict the possible spread of the disease, the following measures apply to all students, personnel, and other persons:
Payap University shall be temporarily closed from 24 March 2020 through 15 April 2020. Work shall resume as of 16 April 2020. The previously announced Songkran holiday from 13-17 April will be cancelled.
New student enrollment should be done on-line using the system on Payap University’s website.
Payap’s official announcements regarding operations between 18-31...