Building Tomorrow's University
Thursday, December 6, 2007
What an honor it has been to assume the presidency of St. Cloud State University, a place where excellence and opportunity are more than a tradition. They’re the guiding principles for continuously enhancing our role as an innovative leader in education, business, culture and social progress.
Our campus community is well equipped to sustain and surpass the excellent reputation St. Cloud State has earned for preparing our students for the future. This was affirmed this past year as we completed the two-year self-study process for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which applied criteria for evaluating strengths and challenges of colleges and universities. The success of the team visit clearly indicated that we are reaching higher together as a campus community to fulfill our mission, make our planning more effective, improve our teaching and learning, promote whole-life education and encourage engagement and service.
I want to build on that firm foundation with a campus-wide commitment to developing an academic plan for preparing the creative workforce and citizen leaders of tomorrow. We are committed to the success of all our students and to providing greater opportunity to those who want to take advantage of all our University offers.
This Annual Report edition of Outlook magazine is filled with good examples of the many exciting accomplishments our students, our faculty/staff, our academic departments and our alumni have attained during the past year. This year we also celebrated significant progress in the development of our facilities, breaking ground on the addition to the Wick Science Building and long-anticipated parking ramp and completing the beautiful renovation of Centennial Hall into a new home for the G.R. Herberger College of Business and the Center for Student Success.
The theme for this issue is "Building Tomorrow’s University." I’m excited to work together with the partners who have a significant impact on the future of St. Cloud State and its students. We are interconnected with the Central Minnesota community and with the near and far reaches of the globe where our graduates fulfill dreams and apply knowledge discovered on our campus. Ours is a dynamic learning community enriched by the countless alumni and friends who recognize how vital St. Cloud State and its graduates are to the economic, educational and cultural future of the region.
Earl H. Potter III