Seven Points from UNC President Tomas Ross’ Inauguration Address

by Mark Sprague on October 7, 2011

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:

  1. Start with a new and heightened focus on academic success and academic accountability.
  2. Find new ways to help finance our programs and operations.
  3. Become more innovative and nimble [by consolidating services where appropriate].
  4. Refine our academic priorities and identify programs of excellence [we cannot be everything to everybody].
  5. Recognize our duty to serve all students, not just the traditional 18-year-old recent high school graduate.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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