Last week, I addressed the campus community in a new forum we call 50 Minutes with President Driscoll. The forum is meant to engage faculty and staff members and students. I provide an update on things that are happening at the university, and then we open the floor for questions and comments. It’s a good way to keep in touch with issues and concerns in a way that includes everyone.
Much of our discussion centered on student success, overall brand image and reputation, and the Imagine Unlimited Campaign.
While some might view those things as separate, I view them as interdependent. Student success breeds university success. University success breeds a stronger reputation and image. Stronger reputation and student success create confidence in what we do, which leads to your support. Your support breeds even more student success. Student success secures a better future for us all.
As we move forward with the University College, which I discussed in my December message to you, we continue to hone the ways we ensure our student experience leads to flourishing graduates who are ready to take on all the challenges we face as a society.
I’m pleased to give you advanced notice that we are preparing to launch a new brand image later this year. Based on thorough research conducted in person and online with all of our stakeholder groups, the new brand and its accompanying communications plan will assist us in telling the IUP story in a more amplified fashion, with consistency and deep emotion. We know our alumni and friends are proud of their IUP connection, but we want to inspire you to share our stories with your networks.
And, with your help, we are making incredible leaps through the Imagine Unlimited Campaign. Currently at 81 percent to goal, with a little more than $60 million in hand, the campaign already is creating momentum that will last for years to come. Philanthropic support is ensuring we can prepare students for those eye-opening experiences that make them thrive.
Student success, a strong image, support from those who invest in the future. Together, they create a cycle of achievement—a triple crown.
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