Campus Connection.

October 1, 2004 Volume 20, Number 4

Strategic Plan Unveiled in President’s Founders’ Day Message

Western President Al Goldfarb used the annual Founders’ Day (Sept. 23) celebration to unveil the University’s Strategic Plan in his State of the University address: “Higher Values in Higher Education: A Plan for Western Illinois University.”

Goldfarb discussed Western’s core values: academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth and social responsibility; how these values can be put into action; and highlighted universitywide initiatives and progresses to date.

The Founders’ Day ceremony on the Macomb campus featured a luncheon and a 30-minute program which included a procession of the University officers, deans and Board of Trustee members; the traditional bell ringing by Lana Myers, a retired University employee and granddaughter of Edwin DeCamp, who first rang the bell Sept. 23, 1902 to signal the start of classes at Western Illinois State Normal School; music by the Lamoine Brass Quintet faculty ensemble; and President Goldfarb’s address.

Goldfarb presented his message later that afternoon to faculty, staff and students at the Quad Cities campus.

The University Strategic Plan is available online at A manuscript of the State of the University address is available at


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