September 16, 2016
Thank you, Kristen, for your kind introduction.
It is a special privilege to speak to you today as we recognize our distinguished faculty and staff colleagues for their accomplishments. Congratulations to our honorees.
It is a tremendous honor to lead Western. I would like to start by expressing my thanks to the Board of Trustees, members of the search committee, and to all of you for the trust you have placed in me. Over the past six weeks, Uzma and I have had the Read more
Dear Western Students:
Although the official start of classes is still several weeks away, I want to take advantage of this quiet time to personally welcome you to the 2016-17 school year at Western! Like many of you, I am also new to this wonderful university and to Bellingham, having just started my official duties as president on August 1. My wife Uzma and I have enjoyed learning our way around campus and our new hometown, meeting new people, and learning firsthand what makes Western and Bellingham such a special place to live and learn.
In the coming weeks you Read more
Dear Western Community:
This morning I arrived for my official first day at Western, and I can’t overstate how excited I am to finally be at work here on campus. Since we moved to Bellingham two weeks ago, Uzma and I have been getting to know our way around, enjoying the beautiful summer evenings in Boulevard Park, and generally attending to all the little details of daily life one must after a move. Last week I also attended a new presidents workshop hosted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). I was pleased to observe that Read more