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Sails up, Armstrong!Apr 7, 2013, 11:20 pm - Carey Adams
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. – Seneca
Since joining Armstrong last summer I have been asked numerous times about my own priorities and vision for the university. My response, which I hope has been consistent, has boiled down to these basics.
Attaining these goals requires our continuing and renewed dedication. It also requires that we be alert to opportunities and set our sails to catch the winds that can propel us toward our destination. I know virtually nothing about actual sailing, but I do know that the point of a sail is to harness the wind and use it to one's advantage.
Right now there are some strong winds blowing, and we are busy hoisting our sails to take advantage of them. To name just a few:
The thing about winds is that they are the same for every ship on the sea. The differences are not in the winds, but in the capabilities of the vessels and the skills of their crews. We are not alone in attempting to take advantage of these opportunities; we must be better than others at doing so.
So, sails up, Armstrong. Let's not squander the fair weather and friendly breezes.
Have a great week!
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