Remarks to the Board of Regents
August 11, 2009
Thank you, Chancellor Davis.
I also want to thank the Regents' Search Committee—especially the Chair, Regent Rodwell., in addition to Regents Bishop, Vigil, and Stelling, were very cordial to me, even though they DID ask quite a few tough questions.
I want to also voice my appreciation of the Armstrong search committee, chaired by Anne Thompson. They also asked tough questions!
The fact that I was able to answer the questions satisfactorily was due in no small measure to the many people who have supported me and mentored me for so many years. Some of you know that I grew up on a farm in Eastern Iowa, and I was extremely fortunate to have parents who loved me and were committed to education. They provided the foundation that has guided me from an early age; they made sure that my six sisters, my brother, and I were all able to pursue college degrees.
Over the years, I was also fortunate to have a number of key mentors—and I won't try to mention all of them here. A few who are important and bear mentioning are:
Bruce Grube, current president of Georgia Southern University
His fine example, guidance, and support during the past 10 years have helped mold me.
My many colleagues at Georgia Southern also helped me learn so much about what to do and NOT to do as a University administrator.
I would be remiss if I did not mention, of course, my family—my children and my husband, Carl, who is here today. Over the years, Carl has been my most enthusiastic and supportive cheerleader. On my worst days, he picks me up, dusts me off, and sends me back into the game. On my best days, he graciously cheers my victories!
I am proud to be the President of AASU. Although I am an Iowa native, I have been a citizen of the great state of Georgia since 1973, and I earned all my degrees down the street at a great institution, Georgia State University. I have been a citizen of South Georgia since 1990, and during that time that region has become very dear to me. It is a place of historical, cultural, and environmental richness—but it is also a place with great economic, educational, environmental, and healthcare challenges. It is my pledge that Armstrong Atlantic State University will continue to be a leader in providing the graduates sorely needed in education, healthcare, law enforcement, science, and the arts to support the region AND to meet the challenges in the years ahead.
I invite you to visit us soon. I also ask your guidance and support as together we continue to make Armstrong Atlantic State University another jewel in the crown of the University System of Georgia.