June 27, 2013. ASU Chancellor Kenneth Peacock outlined the university’s “to-do-list” for the upcoming academic year to the Appalachian Community last week in the “Chancellor’s Messages” column on the Office of the Chancellor’s website.
The following message, noting upcoming priorities, is Peacock’s first message since announcing that he was stepping down in April as soon as a successor is found.
Read the letter below, which can also be found here.
Dear Members of the Appalachian Community:
Another academic year begins in a few weeks, and although I announced in April that I will move into a new chapter of my life when the next chancellor arrives, my dedication to advancing Appalachian is stronger than ever.
I know this dedication is shared by you as well, and I am proud of the hard work we all do for our University. Our to-do list for the upcoming academic year is ambitious, but attainable. I am counting on you to help me reach these goals:
- Break ground on a health sciences building – Let’s give our students the space they deserve as Appalachian positions itself as a leader in enhancing the state’s health professions.
- Expand international opportunities – Our students need an understanding of how their scholarship and research can create global and local connections. Having just returned from China, I find myself even more enthusiastic about the tremendous potential for enhancing our international collaborations.
- Create more scholarships for high-achieving students – The newly announced Wilson Scholarship Program is just the beginning. Additional support to this scholarship is needed, as well as for the Chancellor’s Scholarship in The Honors College, to attract the best and brightest students.
- Increase funding for need-based scholarships – The ACCESS Scholarship Program, and others like it, have allowed many of our students and alumni to succeed in ways they never dreamed possible. Any amount donated to support one of these scholarships is transformational for the students who earn them and for generations to come.
- Work with the athletics leadership to ensure a successful transition to the SunBelt Conference – We must be financially prepared for this move, including the required new scholarships and costs associated with the transition. We also must continue showing our Mountaineer pride on game days.
- Exceed the fundraising goal for the Campaign for Appalachian – None of these goals, or any future goals for that matter, are possible without your help. We are within $47 million of our $200 million goal, and your contributions have made – and will continue to make – a difference.
I am extremely proud to have been a part of Appalachian’s achievements in the past nine years. Together, we have created new and strengthened existing academic programs, sustainability initiatives and global connections. Thank you for your many efforts that contributed to this success. I am looking forward to working with you in the months to come to ensure even greater success for this University we all love.
With Appalachian Pride,
Kenneth E. Peacock