August 23, 2010
Dear Howard University Community:
Welcome to a new academic year and a time of promise and possibility. Howard University is a place where world-class scholarship and commitment to service intersect.
Last year was an extraordinary year as we made important strides in the face of significant challenges. Because of the dedication and commitment of hardworking members of our community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, we accomplished a lot:
It’s not enough to have many academic programs with lofty goals and to be without the resources to realize those goals or without the commitment to excellence they require. Bigger is not necessarily better.Rather, we must be a community focused on our strategic imperatives of continued excellence in teaching and learning, service to students and the world, transformational research and faculty/ staff who know the legacy and care about the mission.
This year, in some ways, will be like every other year: students will study and learn, faculty will teach and research, staff will support and organize and the University will continue to serve. What will be different, however, is what makes the University thrive -- the energy that you will bring – the momentum that you will offer as we cascade towards the future, standing on the shoulders of the past. That energy is invaluable in creating a University that gives a top-tier performance in higher education. I thank you in advance.
Sidney A. Ribeau
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