University Chancellor's Desk

University Chancellor's Desk

Dear Friends:
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As we close the 2010–2011 academic year and enter the final year of our current strategic plan, FOCUS 2011, I cannot help but reflect on what an exceptional institution we are. More so, I am struck by the people in our JWU community, each of whom contributes to making us exceptional.

Our administrators, faculty and staff are making gutsy calls and changes to ensure daily progress and long-term improvements for our students. The changes in the global economy have been extremely challenging, but it seems the harder we have to struggle for accomplishments, the more precious they become and the greater the growth experience for the people involved.

We just celebrated commencement across our four campuses in May, and I am always humbled and proud to be a part of the ceremonies and to share in this significant milestone with our graduating students and their families. In 2006, when JWU launched FOCUS 2011, we made a conscious decision to be more selective and enroll smaller classes. These efforts didn’t compromise the diversity of our student body. This year’s graduates continue to make us proud within the classroom and beyond.

These new alumni have joined a powerful global network of more than 85,000 JWU alumni from 140 countries. The main feature of this issue highlights their tremendous strides and contributions. We are proud to celebrate these 20 individuals and look forward to including the stories of even more alumni in the magazine and on our website in the coming years.

As a fellow alumnus, I encourage our alumni to be examples of the power of a JWU education. We recognize interests are varied and offer many ways for you to connect, learn, inspire and give back:

• Attend local, regional and national alumni chapter and industry networking events.
• Return to campus to lecture in our classrooms and reminisce with faculty and fellow alumni.
• Meet prospective students and families at Admissions Information Meetings and JWU Previews across the country.
• Participate in on-campus recruiting.
• Fund scholarship and student support.

Together we can continue to strengthen our university, make it an even more vibrant educational institution and maintain its position as a national leader of career education.

University Chancellor John J. Bowen '77