I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve as acting president of my beloved alma mater. While many things have changed since I first arrived as a freshman on campus, some aspects of this institution will forever remain the same. The W continues to be an incredibly beautiful and historic campus that offers a promising future for its students, faculty, staff and alumni, and I look forward to building upon the great work established by Dr. Jim Borsig as The W’s 14th president.
I am optimistic about the fall semester and what the new academic year will bring. There has never been a better time in the university’s history to share new ideas. The W has always been a place of possibility and opportunity.
Over the past few weeks and in the upcoming months, I have enjoyed and will continue to participate in a series of listening sessions with faculty and staff to generate discussion and seek campus input to determine transition priorities. I also have been spending my time listening to and visiting with alumni, community members and other MUW friends and stakeholders to help guide our path forward.
I am grateful for the thoughtful suggestions, feedback and comments that have already come out of these sessions, visits and meetings and everyone’s willingness and commitment to roll up their sleeves to move The W forward. It is crucial that we all come together as one as we move into the next chapter of The W’s future.
In this edition of Visions, you get to meet some people who make The W a place of opportunity. You’ll learn about our campus community members, some new and others familiar, and how their efforts support the mission of this university.
I’m also excited to announce that the IHL Board approved three new tuition structures for The W, which will lead to more educational pathways for our students. When it comes to earning a higher education, The W continues to be one of the best values in the Southeast, and degree attainment remains a primary focus.
Good news abounds in athletics. Congratulations to the Owls softball and baseball teams on competing in the USCAA Small College World Series. Be sure to read about our newest additions to the coaching staff.
As the seasons change, I continue to be in awe of the beauty of our campus. Learn more about the beautification efforts of our landscape operations crew and how you can make a difference.
Students have always been at the heart of what we do. Please take time to read the feature about two of our music students who were given the amazing experience of having original pieces read and recorded by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. We know opportunities such as this would not be possible without the connections and generous support of our alumni.
As we move forward, I will continue to work hard to build upon the excellent academic reputation of this institution and will remain committed to expanding our resources for ensuring financial sustainability. Working together, the sky is the limit.
Today is just a starting point for one of many conversations about the many possibilities and opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, the Long Blue Line and greater community. With the support of our W family and friends, I am confident our future is bright.
Nora Roberts Miller, Class of 1983