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Agust 16, 2002 Volume 18, Number 1


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An Open Letter To The WIU Community From President Goldfarb

Dear WIU Community,

I want to welcome everyone to the start of the academic year. Like our first-year students, I too, feel expectant, energized and excited. While I have been serving as President of Western since July 1, the beginning of school more clearly marks the start of my new endeavor.

I am honored to serve as your 10th President and look forward to working with all of you. Even in these difficult budget times, we have much to be thankful for, including fiscal support for the rehab of Memorial Hall, the planning funds for a new Performing Arts Center and a robust enrollment. We must also begin planning for our University's future, focusing on issues such as enrollment targets, diversity, the Quad Cities campus, technology, and institutional marketing.

During the course of the summer, I have spent a good deal of time meeting with constituents (alumni, Board members, legislators, faculty and staff members, students), preparing for additional meetings with departments and students, as well as attending many events. The great respect everyone expresses for Western has made me proud to be one of the newest members of this great university and has made me aware of the foundation upon which we can build our future plans.

In order to get us started on many of this year's initiatives, I have begun to work with our administrative team to develop guidelines for establishing our institutional planning committee and for organizing the search committee for the Provost. I will seek input until the end of August and then finalize both of these committees. My recommendations for the makeup of these committees can be found on the WIU website Please review and email me any suggestions or comments.

In addition, we have revived and slightly expanded the previously established users' group for the Performing Arts Center. The members of this committee can be found on the WIU website Please contact any of the members with ideas or input. We must submit our budget request for construction of this facility to the Illinois Board of Higher Education by October.

Next month will also be marked by two very significant events on our campus. On September 11, we will pause to remember the tragic events of last year. We will join with the Macomb community for a time of reflection. Please watch for a forthcoming schedule.

On September 23, Founders' Day will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first day of classes at Western Illinois University. On that date, I will deliver my first formal address to the WIU community, and I hope you will attend and take part in the many celebratory activities. The State of the University address will be an ongoing addition to future Founders' Days.

Please know that I hope to meet all of you during the course of the coming year. I also hope that you will feel free to email, call (298-1824) or write.

I wish everyone a very successful academic year.



Al Goldfarb


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