One word that currently comes to mind when describing UW Bothell is growth. As you will read in this edition of Insight, we are growing and actively planning for our future. You will see growth coming in two ways - in the form of increased enrollment and numbers of students on campus and in the growth of our long-term vision of UW Bothell. As we grow from 1,800 to 5,000 students over the next twelve years, we will need to increase our degree offerings to meet student and state demands.
To best organize and structure our upcoming period of rapid growth, the faculty, staff, students, advisory and alumni councils worked over the past nine months to create The 21st Century Campus Initiative: University of Washington Bothell Priorities Plan for 2008-2020. A strategic academic plan that lays the groundwork for our institutional planning, the Initiative calls for significant physical and programmatic growth. Rest assured, our mission will remain the same, however, our vision will grow to expand our degree programs to include the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, communications, visual, literary, and performing arts, social sciences, foreign languages and cultural studies.
The 21st Century Initiative is a positive step for UW Bothell and your participation is greatly appreciated. I encourage you to visit www.uwb.edu/21century to view plans and regular updates. Please send me your ideas and comments.
Growth at UW Bothell is also arriving with the announcement of new leadership. Please join me in welcoming our new Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations, Dr. Richard Penny. Richard leads a very talented team of professionals, and we are delighted to have him as part of our senior leadership team.
Finally, growth comes from supporters like you. This summer we ended the UW Campaign: Creating Futures, surpassing our $3.5M campaign goal by raising $3,745,857 and increasing our donors and volunteers in the process. Your support of our institution is critical, especially in times of change and transition, and I thank you for your commitment to UW Bothell.
Thank you for your continued support,