Welcome to the 2009-10 Academic Year.
We have an important agenda this morning. You will hear from me on the State of the College, an update of the College’s Strategic Plan, and a segment on my goals as President. In addition, you will also:
But before we begin, I would be remiss if I did not mention the recent passing of David “Zeke” Zaludek. If you would, please participate in a brief moment of silence to recognize Zeke. Thank-you.
As we start the new year, the most obvious change on the Main Campus is the New Student Success Center. Although the new 33,900 square foot building will have its official ribbon cutting on 9.9.09, the summer was used to successfully move various offices and divisions into the new facility. Thanks to everyone for making this transition so successful.
Other changes since we last met include: a new classroom in the Social Sciences Building, the near completion of Phase II of the Pioneer Café and completion of the roadway system.
Talking about facilities, the College will continue in a prioritized manner, to renovate and move offices into vacated space. Of course, this plan was mapped out last semester in the College’s retrofit and master planning process.
The need to create additional classroom space on the Main Campus is a priority. This need correlates to unparalleled enrollment growth as a regional institution of higher learning, on our Main Campus and at BC3’s other sites.
Certainly, the most mind-boggling number is the growth at Lawrence Crossing. Our other sites at LindenPointe in Mercer County and Cranberry Township have just about reached maximum capacity for enrollment. To this end, the BC3 Education Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to help further expansion in Mercer County.
While enrollment growth certainly has its benefits, it also has its concerns. Foremost among these are:
As Francie mentioned earlier, we have a number of new employees at the College. To each of them, welcome. I would like to introduce some other organizational changes. I feel each of these changes matches College needs and levels of expertise from those involved. However, these changes also have allowed us to be more cost-effective with personnel dollars.
We continue to monitor the H1N1 virus. We have taken proactive steps such as: hand sanitizer dispensers on each floor of each building, signage in each restroom and making hand sanitizer packets available at such events like Commencement. We have also attended trainings and seminars on the subject. Look for further, as-needed updates throughout the academic year. Thanks to Dr. Patterson for your correspondence with me on this.
Some of you participated this summer with important feedback during the College’s recent review of our mission, goals and development of a new strategic plan. This year’s plan:
President’s Cabinet is currently reviewing the raw data compiled this summer. Afterwards, a review with the College community, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board will take place.
Speaking of reviews, you may recall that last year I discussed the 08-09 Presidential Goals as approved by the Board of Trustees and other Priorities. Among those accomplishments from last year included:
2009-10 President Goals as approved by the Board of Trustees include:
In closing, I want to thank each and every one of you for all you do for BC3. Please know how much I appreciate your dedication to the College.
BC3 Trustee Op-Ed
Butler Eagle 2.4.13
BC3's Fund Balance Isn't Too Large (pdf)
BC3 Strategic Initiatives
View details about BC3's four Strategic Initiatives
BC3 Financial Summary
BC3 Financial Summary(pdf) January 24, 2013
BC3 Master Plan
View BC3 Master Plan(pdf)
Economic Impact Study
View BC3's 2012 Economic Impact Study (pdf)