Monday Moments with President Bergman: September 9, 2019

Gustavus President Rebecca M. Bergman shares her thoughts with College employees each week.
Posted on September 9th, 2019 by

President Rebecca M. Bergman

Welcome to the 158th academic year at Gustavus Adolphus College! The start of a new academic year is always exciting, and this year is no exception. We have so much to celebrate–welcoming 670 new students to campus, opening the Nobel Hall expansion (including the STEAMery), inflating a new tennis bubble, installing new wayfinding signs along campus roads, and completing many more projects on campus over the summer. Now, we turn our collective attention to the year ahead, take a deep breath, and dive in.

This fall, we will be working on an update of our Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan. Three years ago we set out on a 10-year strategic journey. We are now beginning year four of implementation of our plan, and it is time to ask ourselves several important questions:
  • What progress have we made on our strategic priorities?
  • What have we learned?
  • What has changed on our campus, in higher education, and in the world around us?
  • Do we need to make adjustments in our plans?
  • What will be the priority initiatives for the next three years?
We will be soliciting your input and help in assessing our progress and setting our course for this next phase of our work. We have great momentum at Gustavus right now. That is tremendously good news, and we are well-positioned to keep that momentum going on all fronts. That is why I have chosen “Moving Forward Together” as our theme for the year. We stand strong on our mission, core values, and vision. From that foundation, we will continue to step boldly forward to demonstrate to the world that Gustavus Adolphus College is an institution of higher education that is stands out from the crowd. It will take all of us, working at peak performance each and every day, to make it happen.
Here we go…our students are here and the new year has begun. I am counting on you. I am counting on us. Let’s move forward together.
Until next week, keep up the good work, Gusties!
With respect,

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