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Message from the President

President Tony Atwater

President Tony Atwater

Vision and Values

The start of a new academic year is a time for nurturing new expectations of growth and success. I am pleased to inform you that IUP’s new academic year is off to a most promising start as the Fall 2007 semester takes flight.

Thanks to our friends at First Commonwealth, IUP will regain a valuable tool for supporting our educational mission. This corporation has made a significant financial commitment to IUP to establish the first comprehensive university endowed lecture series, to begin next fall. This program is a very important one, and it will enhance the university’s intellectual environment by enriching the teaching and learning experience for students, faculty, and the Indiana community. We look forward to presenting many national and international leaders and professionals in the years to come through this new, endowed lecture series.

In my State of the University address in August, I noted that public higher education faces challenging times, as it strives to balance student access with affordability and student potential for academic success.

However, I believe that IUP will rise “above the tide” and find the courage to sustain academic excellence and to achieve institutional greatness. Our success is sustained by men and women with a passion for excellence. As alumni, you are a part of that universe of human capital that sustains the university’s academic strength.

IUP’s future course will also be guided in great measure by our Strategic Plan. Advancing a Legacy of Excellence, IUP’s Strategic Plan, gives IUP a refined mission statement, a new vision statement, a set of core values, and most important, eight major strategic goals. 

Our revised mission statement notes that IUP is a leading public, doctoral-research university strongly committed to undergraduate and graduate instruction, scholarship, and public service. 

It also pledges that IUP will engage students as learners and leaders in an intellectually challenging, culturally enriched, and contemporarily diverse environment. Inspired by a dedicated faculty and staff, students become productive national and world citizens who exceed expectations personally and professionally.

IUP’s vision statement reflects that IUP shall be among the nation’s leading universities recognized for student success and educational attainment, research, cultural enrichment, and economic development.

Third, our strategic plan outlines a set of core values that articulate the character of our institution. These core values include:

  • Access with opportunity to succeed
  • Engaged learning
  • Student-centered emphasis
  • Diversity
  • Civility
  • Global awareness
  • Accountability
  • Shared governance

Last, but not least, the Strategic Plan includes eight major goals. They are academic excellence, student development and success, civic engagement, marketing and promotion, enrollment management, continuous improvement to improve process outcomes, resource development, and university safety and security.

I firmly believe that our Strategic Plan will enable us to move forward to our final destination—a destination of extraordinary student success and institutional greatness. This university deserves no less.

(See the complete text of President Atwater’s Fall 2007 State of the University Address at www.iup.edu/president. Read the complete Strategic Plan, Advancing a Legacy of Excellence, at www.iup.edu/strategicplan.)