Welcome Back to Campus
The new academic year has begun and the excitement humming though campus is palpable. The energy that comes with the start of classes always invigorates me – it represents a new beginning, a transition or passage for our new students as they begin their college career. For returning students, there’s the fun of connecting up with friends they haven’t seen in months, trodding familiar paths between classes and to Starbucks, East Commons and Z-6, and checking out their new courses and professors. Many of our new students are leaving home for the first time, making memories to last a lifetime on move-in day, the first day of class, and at the moment they meet that first new friend.
The start of a new semester is exciting for faculty and staff as well. Students, after all, are the focus of our university. They are firmly at the center of the careers we’ve chosen and the work we do each day. While we have many goals and objectives, our number one imperative IS student success – in the classroom and beyond. And because we’ve spent the last few months working diligently to finalize and implement a strategic plan, we now have a roadmap for achieving that success. This year, the enthusiasm and energy on campus are extraordinary and I’m proud to be a part of it.
September will be an exciting month for UWG – and for me personally. We’ll celebrate Homecoming with a week of festivities culminating with the game on the 20th. Interwoven with the Homecoming activities that week will be another set of events: those related to my official Inauguration on Friday, September 19th. I’m thrilled that these two events will be intertwined for two reasons. As your president, I believe it’s a highly appropriate mix as we begin our journey of honoring the past while forging a new West. Personally, West Georgia truly has become home to my family.
As all of us begin our new year of challenges, opportunities and celebrations, please remember that no one on campus is more excited to be here than I am. Go West! Go Wolves!