August 22, 2016 Update
Welcome to the new academic year!
As many of you know, I was honored to return to SIU last year as interim chancellor because Southern Illinois is both my personal and academic home.
I believe strongly in SIU and its mission as a doctoral research university. SIU is built upon a unique tradition of outstanding teaching; innovation in research and creativity; and access, opportunity and inclusive excellence.
As a university, we begin the year facing a number of challenges that will require our continued attention, and it would be easy to allow them to distract us from our work educating students and serving the greater good.
However, we must maintain our focus on our mission if we are to become an even stronger university that continues to take pride in the work of its faculty and staff as well as the success of our students. And I assure you that we have much to be proud of as a campus community.
I welcome all you do to represent the best of SIU with our students, peers, alumni, friends and community. I welcome your efforts to help tell our positive story far and wide. Finally, I welcome your support and commitment as we launch into what will be a great 2016-17 academic year.
I look forward to working with you.