Champions for a new year
If I have a mantra, it is “with great faculty and great friends, a university has a good chance at great success.”
In 2003, Nevada Silver & Blue recognized many of Nevada’s outstanding faculty, and I am honored to be associated with them. A word now about Nevada’s friends.
Over the past year, I have visited with many of you and have been charmed by your interesting stories and significant life achievements. Indeed, your cheerful enthusiasm has been an inspiration — university presidents need to be inspired, too.
It would be impossible to list all of the names of the people who have helped the University step forward in the past year, but I would like to share with you just a few names, emblematic of a far greater effort to make Nevada an even more successful university in a rapidly changing world.
As many of you know, our new Knowledge Center, with construction slated to begin in summer 2005, is the centerpiece of our campus’ future. Frank Randall (B.A. ’56) was one of the first individuals to offer a substantial leadership gift for this project. Frank is the type of person who prefers to do his work quietly, and his gift is an example to all of us that the building of a better Nevada starts today.
Another alumnus, John Brodeur (Journalism ’72), chairman of Brodeur Worldwide, has graciously been working behind the scenes for our university. Those who know John realize he’s a man of intelligence and boundless energy. He is bringing new insights to our marketing and communications effort. With his help and other notable alumni professionals in marketing/communications, we are creating a brand identity that will be recognized throughout the nation — recognition that Nevada’s high-quality students and faculty deserve.
Chuck Charlton (Econ. ’54), a longtime supporter, is helping to reinvigorate our Bay Area Alumni Chapter. Chuck — along with the efforts of scores of other Bay Area alumni — is helping to re-establish the tie that must exist between our campus and our friends and graduates across the Sierra.
We are also proud of our local friends and community partners. Reno Mayor Bob Cashell is revitalizing downtown Reno through a number of different initiatives. Using the “good” that government can do, the mayor is helping our growing campus become a major component of the successful transformation of downtown Reno and the region.
The year 2003 has been a good year, and 2004 should be even better. Please join us in making it so.
— John M. Lilley, President