I am writing this just after watching the webcast of IUP’s spring commencement ceremony and as Becky and I finalize plans for our move to Indiana. Seeing the Pioneers from the Class of 1962 lead the procession, listening to the student speakers, and watching our newest alumni from the Class of 2012 walk across the stage, I was once again overwhelmed by IUP’s remarkable history and tradition. IUP has been enriching the lives of students and their communities since 1875.
I am humbled by the trust placed in me as your new president. I promise you that I will work tirelessly with our fabulous alumni, faculty and staff members, students, and friends to make sure that IUP continues to deliver on the promise of its history in service to our students and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and our country. I hope you will help me in telling the IUP story. I want everyone to know that there is no better investment in our shared future than an investment in this great university.
Since I was named president, alumni from across the country have contacted me to tell me their IUP story. I also want to hear your stories about what makes IUP special and where you think the future should take us. My guiding principles for my first weeks and months as president are to be visible, listen, and learn. We need to work together to build a shared vision for IUP’s future. This great university deserves nothing less than the best thinking of all of us.
Finally, I hope you will join me in thanking interim President Werner and his wife, Kay. Your university has been well served by Dr. Werner’s thoughtful, wise, and inspiring leadership over the last two years. He has been a pleasure to work with during my transition. IUP is in great shape thanks in no small part to Dr. Werner. I hope that you will work with me to make sure we deliver on his promise that IUP’s best days are in its future.
I hope Becky and I will see you around the Oak Grove someday soon.
More from the Summer 2012 Issue of IUP Magazine
what does IUP's future look like? IUP President Mike Driscoll arrives eager to start the discussion.
Plans for new building look to the collaborative, digital future.
This year's recipients are movers and shakers in professions from magazine journalism to the National Guard.
About 700 companies have benefited from the smarts of the SBDC team.
About 6,800 students were involved in productions last year.
A historic 29th national ranking says success in any language.
Memorable moments in the 2011-2012 academic year, in a video recap.
Some of the more unusual memorabilia that alumni have lovingly donated to IUP.