Message From the Chancellor
We are in the final stages of completing a major strategic plan. A plan that reflects on where we have been, but most importantly, Imagines where we will be in 10 to 15 years. I can say for certain that there are many exciting elements of this plan that will continue to grow Auburn Montgomery’s reach and impact.
When I think about the word Invest, you are able to see first-hand from the new Wellness Center facility an example of the investments we are making. We are also making other investments in infrastructure including a new residential hall that is under construction directly adjacent to the Wellness Center. We have also been undertaking and making plans for major upgrades to many of our existing buildings on campus. We continue to evaluate our needs for new academic facilities that have the potential to increase our funded research, ultimately helping to diversify our revenue streams.
I am Inspired by Auburn Montgomery’s expanding association with China. We now have partnerships with over 30 Chinese universities. We have gone from one Chinese student on campus in 2007 to over 100 today. We have also begun working with the HanBan, China’s government agency dedicated to sharing Chinese culture and language.
I am very fortunate that in my role as chancellor, I get to interact with our student body on a daily basis. Of the 5,000 students on campus this fall, 90% of them are from the river region and 60% are first generation college students – in general they can be characterized as serious students studying for excellence. I also get to interact with our faculty and continue to be impressed by the caliber of Auburn Montgomery’s academic professionals.
I want to remind you that we cannot do this alone. We must have the generous private support from alumni and friends. And we must continue to build our partnerships with our students, faculty, staff and especially the Montgomery community.
John G. Veres III '76