As we conclude our 2008-2012 Strategic Plan, we must take time to celebrate our many accomplishments. We set an ambitious plan — one that was penned during prosperity and implemented during the worst economic recession of our lifetimes. Yet, despite many challenges, the University of West Florida prevails. Not only are we succeeding, we are poised for potential unlike any other time in our history.
We built upon the legacy and greatness of much success before us. Then, we added our own recipe of hard work, commitment to solid values, an inspiring mission and bold aspirations. These ingredients enabled us to accomplish our five major priorities of the 2008-2012 plan: High Quality Academic Programs; Purposeful Enrollment Growth; Academic and Student Support Services; Partnerships and Collaborations; and Investment in People.
This document outlines some of the many successes of the University of West Florida from 2008-2012. I hope you will take time to reflect on the ways that you played a significant role in meeting our challenges, creating new opportunities and excelling at our goals. Together, we changed the lives of thousands of students; we made a lasting and positive mark on our community and region; and we positioned ourselves to be a first-choice University. Our future is bright, our mission is noble and today we celebrate our success as we look to the future with our bold new 2012-2017 strategic plan.
Judith A. Bense, Ph.D.
President, University of West Florida