Let me begin by telling you how honored and excited I feel to be leading this remarkable institution. This is both a solemn trust and an enormous responsibility, and I will do all I can to honor the university’s tradition of excellence and opportunity while guiding it toward new levels of greatness. I’ll use this blog space from time to time to share some of my reflections along the way as well as updates on campus developments and plans for the future.
The academic year won’t begin for a few weeks — even though this week’s weather feels like September — but I’ve been busy, having many conversations with campus leaders, reading my way through a small mountain of briefing materials, and exploring the campus and the Midtown community. If you haven’t explored Midtown lately, with its many cultural and entertainment venues — not to mention some great places to eat — I highly recommend it. I may be president of a university, but lately, between studying and exploring the campus, I feel more like a college student. There is much to learn, and so much to be excited about.
I’ve been enjoying hearing from faculty, staff, alumni, and community members about Wayne State’s history, challenges, and opportunities. Thank you to everyone who’s offered input — you’ve given me much to think about. Your passion for this university shines through in your comments.
Meanwhile, there’s a sense of anticipation as we get ready for the return of students to campus, including a brand-new class of Warriors — students and faculty. I have August 27th — the date of our Convocation ceremony to kick off the academic year — circled in red on my calendar. If you’re free that day, please join us.
In closing, I want to thank you all for making me feel welcome here. There is much to be done, but the opportunities for this great university are limitless, and I’m eager to begin this journey that promises to be like no other.
–M. Roy Wilson, President