The provost of UVM has a Twitter for the first time.
Dr. David Rosowsky took the office of provost and senior vice president of the University last August. He began tweeting during his first day on the job.
Provost Rosowsky was formerly the dean of the school of engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
UVM has never had a provost, or many administrators, with a social media presence.
Annie Stevens, associate provost for student affairs, tweets as well, but not to the degree that Provost Rosowsky does.
Rosowsky tweets daily about campus news, important information and simply to reach out to students.
The Cynic appreciates that UVM has a key administrator with enough transparency to tweet regularly.
As journalism evolves into a more digital age, Twitter has become a useful tool in conveying information as well as breaking news.
Social Media allows people to not only connect locally with friends, but internationally in the news community, making it a key resource for journalists and students.
Since the Cynic is composed of both students and journalists, we use Twitter as a necessary platform to communicate and consume news.
Other administrators should follow the example of Provost Rosowksy and relate to students on the electronic platforms that they use every day.
If administrators want to connect with the student body, they need to do so in a way students understand.
UVM has various Twitter accounts for some of the offices on campus, but that is not enough. They need to connect with the students on a more personal level.
Students also need to follow these administrators on social media platforms to encourage this transparency.
They can obtain their campus news and encourage communication with the University.
Students have the right to access their administrators and feel connected to the University as a whole.
However, with a campus population of over 10,000, it is not always easy to do so. Twitter can connect the campus.
So keep it up UVM, keep tweeting.