Today marks the start of our 2016-17 fiscal year. I know most people don't measure time based on the fiscal year, but after so many years working in the financial world, old habits die hard. I've always seen a new fiscal year as a fresh start, and much like the personal resolutions many of us make every January, I get excited about the opportunity to set new goals for the year ahead. In particular, I've been reflecting on my first year as president and assessing what went well and what I still need to work on.
Vigil for Orlando
We were deeply saddened by the tragic events in Orlando earlier this month and continue to think of and pray for the victims and their loved ones, all of our friends in the LGBTQ+ community, and the people of Orlando. Sandy and I had the privilege of participating in a special vigil at the Salt Lake City and County Building and it was a sober reminder of how important it is to build communities that we can turn to in times of pain and sadness. We are lucky to have such a strong community here at Westminster, but our work is never done. Now, more than ever, we need to pull together, support each other, and stand up for one another.
Planning Priorities for 2016-2017
The senior team, deans, faculty and staff representatives, and other institutional leaders met this week to establish priorities for the next year as we work towards accomplishing the goals outlined in the strategic plan. This group will continue to refine our goals and priorities and will provide a more detailed update at the welcome back breakfast on August 22. Some of our key priorities include developing a strategic enrollment plan, strengthening campus culture, focusing more effort and energy on diversity and inclusion initiatives, implementing core curricular changes, and developing a more sustainable business model.
Associate VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The search committee for the new associate vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion has invited four candidates to campus next week for presentations and interviews. I encourage you to attend one of the open sessions and share your feedback.
Great Colleges to Work For Survey Results
Last week I sent out the results of the Great Colleges to Work For Survey. I hope you will take the time to review the results and share your candid feedback. Julie Freestone will be organizing work groups to begin exploring the results and recommend ways to address areas for improvement. Please contact Julie directly if you're interested in participating.
As I reflect on the past year, I know there have been many high points, but we've also struggled through some low points. I am so thankful for the hard work and commitment of everyone here at Westminster and hope we can look back on all that we accomplished this year and feel proud.
I hope you all have a fun and enjoyable Fourth of July.
All the best,