Many of you have reached out to me in the past few days with offers of personal support as well as concern for the state of the university.
Please know your expressions of support have renewed my energy and enthusiasm to be part of this community. I am proud of all we have accomplished, and I look forward to continuing our work together.
Regarding your inquiries: I have no plan at this time to abandon my commitment to achieving our vision of being a pre-eminent, public, urban research university. It has been exhilarating to experience progress on so many fronts together, from the fastest increase in graduation rates in the nation to exceeding our campaign goal; from record research funding to the largest full-time freshman class in our 151-year history. I intend to continue on that path.
With regard to the recent press coverage that has raised many of your concerns, I believe that we will find a way to move forward in the best interests of our university and the community we serve.
I ask that each of you continue to focus on your role in serving our mission. The progress I noted above was made possible by all of you, without whom we could not be the great university we are.
M. Roy Wilson