There’s a tree just outside my office window that deteriorated over the last couple of years and had to be removed earlier this spring. In the spot now is a young, sturdy replacement that will sprout, grow and grace the campus core for decades to come.
It got me to thinking about the proud history of YSU and the generation after generation of people who have come to campus, sprouted, grown and gone on to find personal and professional success, only for the next group to follow in their footsteps. And it reminded me about how all of us — students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, supporters, parents and so many others — are all critical parts of that history and the fabric of this great institution for more than a century.
As another academic year draws to a close, I congratulate those students who graduate this spring. Good luck. Do good work. Reach for your dreams. And, keep in touch with your old alma mater. I also congratulate those students who will be returning to classes this summer and in the fall. To you, I applaud your continued determination and dedication. Know that you are at the center of all we do. Your success — in and out of the classroom — is our number one priority.
A big thanks also to the talented and committed faculty, staff and administrators in every classroom and office across campus. Your work on behalf of our students and all of the Mahoning and Shenango valleys makes YSU a better place to learn, live and work.
Have a great summer.