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 Tuesday, September 25, 2007 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

FROM THE CHANCELLOR


State of the Campus Address, September 11, 2007

Good morning and thank you for joining us today. I'd like to extend my appreciation to Professor Uriel Nauenberg and the Boulder Faculty Assembly for hosting this event.

A new year brings new beginnings, and we have several individuals in various leadership positions that I would like to introduce and welcome. First, Dr. Stein Sture, our new vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school. Dr. Sallye McKee, our new vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and community engagement.

I would also like to extend my thanks to Dr. Susan Avery and Dr. Christie Yoshinaga-Itano for their leadership of the Graduate School and the Office of Diversity and Equity, respectively. They have both made very positive contributions to CU and its future.

I also want to recognize Vice Chancellor Paul Tabolt as he approaches his retirement for his years of valuable service to CU. Paul has been instrumental in improving our facilities and environmental practices, running efficient business services and strengthening our relationship with the city of Boulder. Thank you, Paul, for everything you've done on behalf of CU.

Some of you may know that Joey White, my chief of staff, has also retired and is back with us for a few months to help with the transition. Joey has played a vital role in the chancellor's office for the past 20 years. Working behind the scenes, she has worked with five chancellors and 16 vice chancellors and has been enormously helpful in assisting me in the transition to CU. Thank you, Joey, for all you've done for all of us here at CU.

There's one other notable retirement that I want to acknowledge, Zan Johns is retiring as director of human resources at the end of this month. We extend our great appreciation to Zan for all she has done to enhance the workplace for our employees.

I wish each of these individuals all the best as they transition to this new phase of their lives and the exciting adventures that lie ahead.

As I reflect on this past year, I have several thoughts. First, it has been a whirlwind adventure, but one that has been tremendously enjoyable and rewarding. There's been so much to learn about the university, and I've enjoyed getting to know all of the people associated with CU. Earlier this summer a group of us went on a four-day, 10-city tour of southern and eastern Colorado. We held 21 events, and at every one of these we were met with tremendous optimism and positive feelings about where we, as a university, are headed. While I probably shouldn't be, I was amazed at the tremendous loyalty and commitment so many of the people we met with have to this great institution.

When I accepted the position of chancellor, I was confident that we would be able to build our future on the strength of our people—our faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and friends—and now, having been her for nearly 14 months, I am even more confident that we can do so, but this will require that we continue to invest in our future.

That investment must take place in three forms. First we must strengthen our operations and infrastructure; second, we must do those things that will help us remain competitive; and third, we must invest in future initiatives that will propel us forward and allow us to fulfill the promise outlined in the strategic planning process we will be completing later this fall.

To read the rest of Chancellor Peterson's address or to listen to the podcast, click here.


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