26 Jun 2017

From the President

From the President

Author: Wings  /  Categories: Campus, Wings  / 

Dear friends,

Seven years goes by very fast—when you are having fun. And these last seven years have been so rewarding for Kay and me that, even when the challenges have been difficult, it has gone fast and it has been fun. We are grateful to all of you who have supported Heritage and made the education of thousands of students possible. We are also grateful to the faculty and staff who have provided that education, and to the students who make coming to work on Fort Road so exhilarating. Truly one does not have a job at Heritage, one has a calling.

Kay and I remember our first visits here in the fall of 2009. Never had we seen a faculty and staff so dedicated to their students. Never had we seen a college that could with more conviction know that it truly makes a difference. The transformational experience of a student’s years at Heritage is more remarkable than the difference made in lives at any other college we know. The close working relationships between students and their faculty members and advisors—along with the relationships among the students themselves, who indeed form a family here—prepare students for meaningful lives and professional opportunities that were not available to their parents.

Yes, there have been changes at Heritage these past seven years. The physical plant is very different in function, appearance and quality. Overall faculty and staff are stronger.  So too are academic programs and students. Employer satisfaction with Heritage graduates is stronger than ever before, and many more graduates are going on to graduate school. Once again, your support makes all of this possible.

There is also much that has continued. The University’s mission is fundamentally the same: providing opportunity to talented students and thereby working toward a more just society while improving the quality of life in this region. Values have not changed, and the deep commitment to our students has not changed.

Kay and I are proud and honored to have been able to play a part in the University’s successes, and we are grateful for your friendship. As we say goodbye to all of you, we do so with a hopeful heart knowing that this university will continue to thrive under the leadership of incoming president Dr. Andrew Sund and that we will get to hear all about the good works going on here in the Yakima Valley for years to come.


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