A Conversation with the President

President Lambert welcomed the School of Communications faculty and staff to his home this week for a conversation about the future of Elon.

He started by complimenting the school, saying, “You are absolutely on fire!” The president called the school “truly extraordinary” and said that when people now think of Elon, many think of the School of Communications.

In his series of conversations about the future of Elon, the president focuses on what he sees as the headlines from The Elon Commitment strategic plan over the next 3-5 years.

He listed 10 headlines. The first is to build “a premier residential campus” because students perform better academically when they live on campus. He talked about the need for intercultural competence in its many forms, such as study abroad, foreign language instruction, religious pluralism, campus internationalization, and a doubling of need-based financial aid. His third headline was creation of a National Center for Engaged Learning.

His fourth headline especially grabbed our attention — a showcase School of Communications building. He called it “the next big thing” in terms of construction projects at the university and said it will be a premier building for a premier program.

Other headlines dealt with the Student Professional Development Center, law school, business school, athletics, a culture of philanthropy, and maintaining Elon’s “best value” position by keeping tuition increases in check. Robust Q&A followed.

We are fortunate to be at a forward-thinking university where the president wants to interact with faculty and staff about the future.

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