FROM THE CHANCELLOR
The beginning of the academic year brings a sense of excitement as we usher in a new freshman class and welcome returning students. This year in particular holds much promise for new beginnings for faculty and staff as well.
In my first six months as chancellor, I've experienced several challenges. There also have been many accomplishments to celebrate. I'd like to share with you a few noteworthy items that occurred during the past three months.
Keys for Success
In addition to recruiting and retaining exceptional employees and students, it's important that we enhance our connections with Colorado communities. Athletic Director Mike Bohn and I have held four local town meetings to talk with community members about athletics and other university issues. In addition, I visited in June with school officials, legislators, alumni, parents, students and the media in four towns on the Western Slope – Durango, Montrose, Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs. I plan to visit several Front Range cities in September and October as well.
Our top priorities for the coming year include continuing to provide a high-quality educational experience for students across all areas of the University, implementing strategies to make the campus environment more welcoming, and continuing to recruit and retain top faculty, staff and students, among others.
I know that the publicity the University has experienced over the past year and a half has affected many in our campus community. I want to thank you all for maintaining high standards in your classrooms and departments during these stressful times. I want to assure you that should additional issues arise, we will address them immediately and with integrity and honesty.
There are many reasons to be optimistic about CU-Boulder‘s future – our stellar faculty are on the cutting-edge of discovery and teaching, the University is a vital economic engine producing remarkable returns to the state, our outstanding staff provide great support and leadership, and the quality of our students is impressive. Certainly, some organizational changes are in store for us this year and I believe that they will provide new direction and opportunities that will help to make CU-Boulder an even better place to live, learn and work.
Chancellor's Open Forum
In the meantime, best wishes for a great start to a new and exciting academic year. Thank you for all you do on behalf of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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