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President Goldfarb Addresses WIU Community

April 29, 2002

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Dear WIU Community,

Elaine and I are very excited to be joining the Western Illinois University community on July 1. We greatly appreciate the warm welcome that we have received as well as the many kind notes and letters. We look forward to meeting all of you in the near future. Elaine and I would also like to thank Dave and Linda Taylor for their support during the transition and wish them much joy in retirement.

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on transitional meetings I have scheduled. During April, I met with all of the Vice Presidents, the deans, President's staff, the Faculty Senate, University Professionals of Illinois, Council of Administrative Personnel, Civil Service Employees Council, Quality of Campus Life Committee, Student Government Association, and our Student Trustees. I also attended social events in Macomb and the Quad Cities, including the Employee Service Recognition Ceremony and a luncheon cruise with Quad Cities' faculty and staff. I was able to participate in the Macomb Chamber of Commerce Day in Springfield on April 17 and the Alumni Association's dinner that evening.

In May, I plan to be in Macomb for a number of events, including the Major Donor Banquet and the Dealing with Difference Summer Institute as well as a community reception. I will also welcome the Learning to Lead students at WIU-QC. In June, I will attend the Board meeting in the Quad Cities. Elaine and I will be in the Macomb Heritage Days parade on June 29 and hope to see many of you there, and that evening we'll attend SMT's presentation of City of Angels. I will also represent WIU at the Gateway Presidents' Council meeting and the Mid-Continent Presidents' Council meeting.

During the summer, I will be meeting individually with Board members and area legislators. I have asked that meetings be scheduled with all academic departments as well as open meetings for all campus constituency groups throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.

My goal is to try to become a member of the Western Illinois University community as quickly as possible so that we can begin dealing with the significant issues that will confront us in the coming year, especially the budgetary ones.

I would also like to announce one additional Fall date. On September 23, in addition to the traditional Founders' Day events, I will be scheduling an Inaugural Address. This year, we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first day of classes at Western Illinois University. This is an ideal moment to discuss Western's rich heritage and how we will plan for its future. I hope you will mark your calendar and watch for details.

Again, please know how honored I am to serve as the 10th President of Western Illinois University. I look forward to meeting all of you in the near future. All my best wishes.

Al Goldfarb

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