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 will be 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 AASCU and other Read more
Now that the Board of Trustees have finalized my appointment as Western’s next president, I wish to once again express to you how honored I am for the opportunity to lead Western. As I continue to learn about Western from conversations with students, faculty and staff leaders, I am all the more grateful to be joining this remarkable institution, and excited to be a part of its future. It is clear that Western’s reputation for high quality undergraduate education, impactful learning experiences and an inviting campus community all originate from your commitment and passion. I look forward Read more