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
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 Read more