President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., headlined Seattle University’s 41st annual Convocation with a talk titled “The New Era of a Great University.”
Father Sundborg, said:
“Eight years ago we articulated our vision by saying, ‘We will be the premier independent university of the Northwest’ and said that this would be showing “in academic quality, Jesuit Catholic inspiration, and service to society”. I think we are now beyond that, have achieved it and can simply say, ‘We are the great independent university of the Northwest.’ We have recruited a new quality of faculty and staff to become this kind of university, have enjoyed an extraordinary period of creativity and now have a new research emphasis, now have the campus of a great university, have the strongest sense of educational mission and service of any university we know, are more and more the first-choice university for our students, much more consciously see ourselves as one university of undergraduate and graduate levels with 103 degree programs, have advanced our diversity, are tops in sustainability, now have an intercollegiate athletic program to match the quality of the rest of the university, are more positively, clearly and inclusively Catholic, have won wide support for a record-breaking capital campaign, and enjoy an excellent reputation in ever widening circles which we could not have imagined before.”
(Watch a video interview of Father Sundborg previewing his talk days before Convocation.)
Convocation also included presentations by Provost Isiaah Crawford on the university’s recent academic accomplishments, as well as recently appointed Associate Provost for Global Engagement Victoria Jones, who shared her thoughts on the university's global initiatives.
Vice President for Planning Bob Dullea updated faculty and staff on the university’s 2010 strategic priorities. (Visit www.seattleu.edu/strategicplanning.aspx for more information.)