By Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd - President
Greetings to all of you, members of our community of alumni and friends of Drury University, and blessings during this holiday season of thanksgiving and generosity. As I reflect on my first few months as Drury's 18th president, I am struck by the depth of warmth and generosity shown to my wife, Wendy, and me. I am full of gratitude that our vocation and calling have led us here.
Drury is a truly wonderful place that transforms lives. I find that our students have a distinctive intellectual curiosity, our faculty and staff members are dedicated and world class, and our alumni live exemplary lives and are transforming our community and our world. It is a place of innovative teaching, close student-faculty relationships and customized mentorship. Drury University has a storied history, is built on a rock-solid foundation and has a bright future!
"Drury University really has that family feel to it...that's why you go to Drury."
When I arrived at Drury, I introduced a set of themes to which I am committed for the purpose of inspiring and focusing our efforts toward achieving our highest goals: EMPOWERMENT, DECISIVENESS and UNITY comprise the three essential strengths of edu at Drury University.
Drury is a place of EMPOWERMENT, transforming the lives of individual students as well as the greater community. My personal goal as president is to marshal Drury's diverse resources toward an even greater environment of empowerment for students, our faculty and staff, our alumni family and everyone who participates in the Drury experience.
DECISIVENESS is perhaps the toughest part of any senior leadership position given the accelerating pace of change and the numerous valued inputs from broad-ranging sources, but good decisions have always been, and continue to be, essential in moving the institution forward. You will see rapid movement in three major initiatives under my administration: a comprehensive MASTER PLAN for our campus; a POSITIONING PLATFORM that is intentional and differentiating that will make Drury highly visible from a great distance and be universal and defining of the student experience; and an ambitious CAMPAIGN for Drury University that provides for advancement of the institution as we approach the celebration of 150 years of service.
UNITY is where we find our greatest institutional strength and rewards. It is a state of existence that embraces dialog, debate, even discourse but ultimately brings us together under a common vision and sets us in motion to a common destination. We all have a vital role in establishing unity of voice, purpose and direction. My prayer for Drury University is that with a great clarity of shared vision and with greater participation levels than ever before, we join in UNITY to undertake these great initiatives.
And finally, let me share one additional theme introduced at my first gathering of our trustees that some of you might not have heard before. It is a celebration of our daily life here at DRURY – GRATAHAD. I believe never a truer phrase has been spoken than this: Great Remarkable Affirming Things are Happening At Drury!
I look forward to serving you and Drury University in the coming years as we approach 150 years of educating students and transforming lives!
By Wayne Chipman - Executive Vice President for Advancement
Thank you to the alumni and friends who have given so generously to Drury through volunteer efforts and financial support. Total contributions increased by 70 percent last year to over $6.4 million. These gifts helped to make Drury stronger. This year, we are launching a new opportunity to have a direct impact on the lives of future Drury students called "The Annual Drury Experience Fund."
This fall, we welcomed one of the largest incoming classes of new students in Drury's history to campus. For those of us who know Drury well, we understand these students may have come to Drury for different reasons, but there are common themes they will all share, such as a caring faculty, a supportive environment to learn and grow, and the opportunity to develop their unique interests and skills. We want to make a Drury education attainable and affordable so students can experience this life-changing gift.
It is our goal to join together as a Drury family to raise $1.5 million for The Annual Drury Experience Fund to provide scholarships and financial aid to future students. In doing so, we will help attract promising students to Drury and reduce some of the financial obligations of a college education.
For donors who are interested in providing financial support and having a personal connection with Drury students, we offer the opportunity to establish a named scholarship with an annual gift of $2,500 or more to The Annual Drury Experience Fund.
Each student who receives a named annual scholarship will be notified of the donor's generous support for the student's education and will be encouraged to connect with the donor. In addition, the donor will receive information about the recipient of the scholarship. The opportunity for meaningful interaction and mentoring should be an extra benefit to the donor and the student. We ask that donors continue their annual support for at least four years so the same student will have the opportunity to renew the scholarship throughout his or her full Drury experience.
We hope you will consider this new opportunity to invest in future students through The Annual Drury Experience Fund.
By David J. Hinson - Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer
If the platitude "the only constant is change" applies anywhere, it applies especially to operations, technology and customer service in higher education. Boilers burst, grass grows, computers crash and paint peels. The new becomes the old seemingly overnight and right before our eyes.
It is a "Sisyphean" charge that we are given. To fulfill this commission, we start by first recognizing the ephemeral nature of all we do: buildings begin dying the moment we lay the foundation and technology starts becoming obsolete the moment we remove the shrink wrap.
We then think about, and plan for, the unexpected, disastrous and inevitable disruption and change that is a natural part of supporting facilities and technology. We examine our personnel and skill inventories. Do we have the right people, in the right positions, with the right training? Are we equipping staff with all the tools and resources they need to accomplish tasks?
We consider our infrastructure; can we sustain and grow our key, critical systems? Not merely at a level of adequacy, but in a fashion that provides for a superior experience for everyone who steps through our doors?
And we also dream. My dream is to foster a technology ecosystem that promotes innovative pedagogy, digital scholarship and engaged learning, and create and maintain a beautiful, comfortable and safe space for learning and living. I wish to develop a culture of servant leadership that will enable all of these dreams to be made real. I invite you to come and dream along with me.