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President's Letter

Patterson

The rate of change around higher education is becoming faster with every

passing year. Albert Einstein said, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” You can be the change, or adapt to change, but change is inevitable.

The last two years have been transformative for Georgia Southwestern State University. During this time, the campus community and countless stakeholders have played an active role in determining the future for the Institution. The University strategic plan marks a new beginning with a Vision towards being a progressive and inclusive University that serves as a vibrant center of learning, culture and economic development for Southwest Georgia and beyond. The strategic plan calls upon the campus community to become more connected to our surrounding communities and to advance the development of civic-minded students. An accompanying institutional enrollment management plan provides measurable, long-term goals for ensuring sustainable and diversified enrollment growth. These guiding documents are fundamental to the University’s identity and help articulate strategies to generate resources to meet current and future demands.

We have been blessed to experience record enrollment growth over the last two years. While we have navigated the difficulties that come with increased demands for limited resources, it is this enrollment growth that has provided critical resources and sustained the Institution. In the short-term, we have emerged from this period as a stronger and more visible University, worthy of our classification among other state universities and proud of our 110-year legacy. New academic programs are under development. Strategies aimed at supporting student retention and completion are making national headlines and our academic programs continue to be ranked among the nation’s best.

In years to come, this growth and visibility will benefit the entire campus community and help support economic prosperity for the region. As our new mission statement affirms, the University is a collegial community that values collaboration and community engagement with an emphasis on faculty, staff and student interactions.

By nature, a mission statement should summarize the aims, culture and values of an organization. Collaboration, community and collegiality truly describe Georgia Southwestern. I have been fortunate to be part of such a place, building friendships that will last.

At Georgia Southwestern, we call this being “Part of the Storm.” It has been a sincere pleasure for me to serve this great University and I am honored to have been Part of the Storm.

Dr. Charles E. Patterson
Interim President


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