For faculty and staff of Lincoln Memorial University, today marked the end of the countdown. Summer is officially over. The parting shot came with the campus-wide gathering this morning for the President’s State of the University Address. More of a pep talk than a true status check, Dr. Dawson opened his talk with the always-entertaining antics of his six-year old granddaughter, Macy.
At the root of his address was a capstone he says is prevalent in higher education discussions. Quality. Students want to be ensured they are studying at a quality institution. It is inherent that we as faculty and staff strive to deliver quality at every turn. What happens at LMU reflects our quality. Dawson pointed out three S’s for quality for LMU. Stability, sensitivity and sustainability.
At its core, Dawson’s message was to strive to maintain a quality and stable environment that is appropriate for our students. To be sensitive to the outside forces that affect a student’s experience and be mindful of the things each employee can do to sustain the tremendous growth at LMU.
Dawson outlined a baker’s dozen of goals for the University in the coming year. Among them were physical plant improvements and benchmarks, program growth and improved retention efforts. Specifically he noted the completion of the Math Science building and two new residence halls as the main construction goals.
Dawson concluded his remarks with another challenge to strive for quality. “Good enough never is.”