University of North Carolina President Thomas Warren Ross gave his inaugural address on October 7, 2011 at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) in Greensboro. In the speech he addressed seven items the University must do in order to continue our three-part mission (teaching, research, and service) in order to strengthen the people and communities of North Carolina. Ross said that the University must:
- Start with a new and heightened focus on academic success and academic accountability.
- Find new ways to help finance our programs and operations.
- Become more innovative and nimble [by consolidating services where appropriate].
- Refine our academic priorities and identify programs of excellence [we cannot be everything to everybody].
- Recognize our duty to serve all students, not just the traditional 18-year-old recent high school graduate.
- Do even more to unleash our faculty’s brainpower and creativity in a more strategic, targeted fashion to help solve some of our state’s and our world’s toughest problems.
- Prove once again that North Carolina’s deep-rooted belief in the transforming power of education has not been misplaced.
The full text of President Ross’ speech is available on the University of North Carolina Web site.