I am humbled and appreciative of the confidence that the Kansas Board of Regents and the presidential search committee have shown in appointing me as the 15th president of this great institution. It is truly an honor. But I didn’t come to this presidency overnight or alone. It’s only through the support of my family and the Wichita State community that I’ve grown into this job, and it’s with that same support and spirit that, together, we are primed to move the university forward together to become the premier urban-based public research university — not only in Kansas, but also the nation. Through the individual talents of each of you and our collective determination, we can achieve our goals of making education accessible and affordable; supporting Kansas businesses with a talent pipeline that meets employers’ needs; and increasing the economic prosperity with higher education that benefits the Kansas economy. Our potential and growth as an institution is fueled by our audacity and ambition, and it is through our tenacity and persistence that we will succeed in accomplishing our vision to be one of the nation’s most innovative research universities, known for providing impactful student experiences and driving prosperity for the people and communities we serve. I look forward to the many conversations that I’ll have with each of you and all of Shocker Nation during the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to share your ideas. Your support and insight mean everything to me and to the future of Wichita State University. Go Shockers!