_Charles Streeter, an analyst in the Department of Information Technology, took over as chairman of the Employee Forum when Jackie Overton, who served as chairwoman for three years, stepped down in June.
Streeter sat down with staff writer Anna Long before the forum’s first session meeting Wednesday to discuss his transition into the job._
Daily Tar Heel: How would you describe the job?
Charles Streeter: The job of the Employee Forum chairman is to represent the forum as a body to upper administration — to be the mouthpiece of the forum to the chancellor, to the vice chancellors. To be the forerunner establishing new connections and keeping existing relationships going.
DTH: Why did you decide to run for chairman?
CS: I’ve been involved with the forum for a number of years. It’s definitely something I am heavily invested in. I felt that it was time to step up. There was a vacancy and a need for someone to come and say, ‘Hey, I really want to do this.’ I’ve been involved with it this long, and I need to go ahead and give it a little more. Give just a little more blood out of the turnip.
DTH: Has the job been demanding so far?
CS: I’ve only been in the job for a little over a week, and already I can see where it’s kind of quiet now, but things are slowly but surely creeping up.
I can clearly see, and I know from the previous chairwoman and her time commitments, that in order to be effective in the job, it is going to take a lot of time meeting with people, discussing things, doing planning, writing emails. That’s time-intensive.