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Notes from the President

"Notes from the President" is a new feature on SPSU's website starting Fall 2012, providing monthly updates to the university community about issues, plans, and reflections on current events in higher education.  

January 13, 2014
Update on discussions about the "New U" 
The discussions about the consolidation of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University have moved forward on several fronts over the last few weeks.  These include 1) expanding the Consolidation Implementation Committee, 2) creating 81 Operational Working Groups, and 3) establishing a new website that will be the primary source of information about the consolidation process. 

December 18, 2013
Starting the planning and organizational process for the "New U"
The Implementation Committee for the Southern Polytechnic State University-Kennesaw State University consolidation has started discussion about guiding principles, developing mission and vision statements for the “New U,” and identifying the operational working groups that will help figure out the many details.  These working groups will have abundant opportunities for involvement for members of both university communities.

December 5, 2013
The Chancellor's Charge to the SPSU-KSU Implementation Team
Chancellor Huckaby has met with the Consolidation Implementation Team, with 14 representatives each from both Southern Polytechnic and Kennesaw State, to give us his charge and some guidelines for how to begin discussions about institutional consolidation.

November 18, 2013
#opportunity
Consolidation has been a topic on everyone's mind for the last few weeks.  Here's an update on the next phase of consolidations in the University System of Georgia and what we know about how this will affect Southern Polytechnic.

October 14, 2013
SPSU is off and running for Fall 2013 
The fall semester is off to a great start.  Here's a summary of the "Big Rocks" that we'll be focused on for 2013-14:  enrollment;  retention and graduation rates; fundraising; communications, and diversity and inclusion.

July 5, 2013
Excellence.  Integrity.  Collaboration. Respect.
Last spring, I asked the Southern Polytechnic community what you consider the most important values that guide our university.  Here are the results – and a few comments on what they mean for SPSU. 

April 29, 2013
What are the enduring values for SPSU?
I’m asking the SPSU community to help identify the most critical values that we share as a University community.  Please come by my office between now and May 24, cast your votes, see how your colleagues are voting, and grab a snack to keep up your end-of-the-semester energy.  Click on the title of this entry for the background and the process. 

March 11, 2013
The national perspective on higher education 
I’ve just returned from the American Council on Education’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., which included meetings of ACE’s Women’s Network.  The experience gave me a great opportunity to assess how our work here at SPSU is also playing out on the national higher-education scene.

February 11, 2013
What did we learn from the tornado drill?
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, the SPSU community learned about the importance of training, the value of backup systems, and the power of partnerships.

January 3, 2013
SPSU students do interesting things 
A Southern Polytechnic education prepares students to do anything they want, whether it is engineering, technology…or music. Here are some thoughts on the career of former SPSU student and musician Joe South, who passed away in 2012.

November 19, 2012
SPSU and business  
A recent forum at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce focused on the relationship between education and business in our community.  Speaking at this forum gave me a chance to think about SPSU's contributions to business and industry.

October 24, 2012
Testing our processes  
A recent incident on campus helped us test our emergency responses.  Most of the processes worked as planned, but we are always looking for ways to improve them.  Here are some thoughts on what worked well – and what we learned.

September 12, 2012
Numbers and rankings 
The 2013 rankings of "Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report give Southern Polytechnic some things to think about -- particularly with graduation rates and alumni giving rates.

August 14, 2012
Starting the new academic year
The start of a new academic year is a great time to think about where we are -- and where we are headed -- as a university.  Let's look at the vision for SPSU's future and how we can work together to achieve it.