Chancellor’s Letter

Chancellor GaborAs we close out another record-breaking year, there’s so much for us to celebrate. Together, and despite the ongoing pandemic, we have made momentous gains, including:

  • Record fall enrollment of nearly 30,500
  • Over 8,400 degrees and certificates awarded
  • Record fundraising support of $74 million
  • Historic investment of over $134 million from our state’s General Assembly

This past year, as we celebrated the 75th anniversary of this great University, our campus rallied together as we introduced Shaping What’s Next, a bold 10-year strategic plan that articulates a new vision as an emerging top-tier research university that is ready and eager to meet new challenges.

Supporting our strategic goals, we embarked on many key initiatives. Here are just a few highlights:

Thanks to the collective efforts of dedicated faculty and staff, the University is on a strong path, and national organizations and media are taking notice. The University’s innovative response to the COVID-19 pandemic received a national award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the University was recognized for the first time by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in innovation.

I hope you will watch our year-in-review video and spend some time on our annual report website for a more complete picture of the incredible past 365 days.

Niner Nation’s future is bright. We can’t wait to show you how we are shaping what’s next in the new year.