Outlook

A Common Goal

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Earl H. Potter III was inaugurated as the 22nd president of St. Cloud State University Sept. 19. Centered on the theme “A Common Goal,” the inauguration focused on University-community partnerships, relationships and impact. Highlights of the week of activities included a day of service, a modern dance recital, a business community reception hosted by the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, athletes volunteering in area elementary and middle schools and an Oktoberfest sponsored by the St. Cloud Historical & Historic Preservation Association. During the inauguration, the St. Cloud legislative delegation presented a special commemoration to the new president.

In his inauguration speech, President Potter called on St. Cloud State to do “a better job of building a common understanding of our impact on the community — of recognizing our role as an engine for change and encouraging greater pride in the University and toward creating a true university town.”

For a complete copy of President Potter’s speech, a recording of “Verses Left to Write” and additional photos go to www.stcloudstate.edu/inauguration.

President Potter giving inaugural address

President Potter’s inaugural address focused on “A Common Goal.” Among the guests were four former presidents of St. Cloud State: Charles Graham (1971-81), Robert Bess (1992-95), Bruce Grube (1995-99) and Roy Saigo (2000-07).

Former President Bruce Grube and President Potter visit at the Oktoberfest celebration in Barden Park

Former President Bruce Grube, right, and President Potter visit at the Oktoberfest celebration in Barden Park adjacent to the campus. Grube will retire this summer as president of Georgia Southern University.

Constantine W. Curris, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Constantine W. (Deno) Curris, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, presented the keynote address.

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