Universities are complex organizations that exist to better our communities, state, nation and world by educating students to achieve their dreams and by conducting research that enhances others’ quality of life and the economic prosperity of their regions.
Over the past week, I have given much thought to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the subsequent fallout that we have all witnessed. We are all reeling, and each day brings new information and imagery more troubling than the day before. Images of the Confederate flag in our capitol building, our country’s symbol of freedom and democracy, haunt me.
Emporia State graduates — from spring, summer and fall 2020 — will be honored in two separate virtual ceremonies this week.
Last month, I shared with you that Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Cordle had announced his retirement to the ESU community. Today, we formally launch our search.
While votes are still being counted today, we find ourselves waiting for our next president to be declared. Although this campaign and the election results show a divided country, we all have much in common. We all want a bright future for our country. We all have the same hope for progress that will create a better world for our children and grandchildren.
As we move through the final days before the 2020 general election on Tuesday, many of you, like me, may feel inundated with political advertisements. No matter which candidates you support at the federal, state and local levels, the 2020 election seems to engender more divisiveness than I can recall in past elections. We cannot seem to escape it.
Today I am writing to tell you that Dr. David P. Cordle, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has announced his retirement at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.
Emporia State saw a slight decline in overall headcount enrollment for fall 2020, thanks in large part to a record number of graduate students.
Emporia State University lost a dear friend when Dr. Harry Stephens, a former administrator and current ESU Foundation trustee, died on Saturday. Dr. Stephens was “Harry” to all who knew him, and his love for students, our university and our community was at the forefront of everything he did.
Sadly, I must share with you that James Calvert, former professor in our physical sciences department, died Saturday. During his 32 years at Emporia State, Jim also served as President of the Faculty and interim department chair. Jim always worked for his students and their success.