Message from Interim President Donald Loppnow
January 21, 2016
To the Eastern Michigan University campus community,
Please accept my sincere appreciation for the many kind notes and comments I have received since stepping in as Interim President on January 8. As I stated when I accepted the opportunity, I decided to come out of retirement after my 40 years as a professor and administrator at Eastern due to my deep commitment to this institution and the great respect I have for our students, faculty colleagues, alumni, and the staff at the University.
I am excited by the many positive accomplishments happening around us as we move into the new semester and the new year. Eastern is a place where great transformations take place. Our focus on students, and their success inside and outside the classroom leading to graduation and rewarding and meaningful careers, remains a consistent and overarching priority. For that, I thank all of our deeply committed and talented faculty and staff.
I am deeply appreciative of the outstanding work that continues to push this great institution forward. I plan to work with all of you to achieve even greater successes and accomplishments in the months ahead. We are not standing still, but moving forward with wonderfully positive momentum. Indeed, many positive actions continue to take place as indicated by the recent announcement by the Carnegie Foundation to reclassify Eastern from a large master's university to a doctoral university in recognition of Eastern’s academic excellence and the continued growth of doctoral and research programs.
Monday's 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, "And Justice For All?” represented the signature event of five days of educational and inspirational programs. Eastern's longstanding devotion to this annual celebration marks yet another point of distinction for our institution. At the luncheon, more than 400 students, faculty, staff and community leaders joined together, standing united in the commitment to continuing the fight for civil, human and women's rights, and for supporting efforts for voting rights, education and social justice. I am proud to be associated with this institution and the many people from all walks of life who carry forward the belief in positive change and equality for everyone.
Over the next several weeks I plan to visit with many of our students, faculty and staff across campus to learn more about concerns, opportunities and positive examples of our success. I will let you know in advance when and where I will be visiting in hopes that I can meet and talk to as many people as possible. The leadership team and I will also be reaching out to our alumni, supporters, and community leaders to reinforce collaboration.
Thank you for your support as we work together on behalf of our students, alumni, and the broader community.