State of the University Address
Written by Maritza Navar-Lopez on September 17, 2019
NORMAL – Illinois State University held the annual State of the University Address Tuesday afternoon in the Center of Performing Arts.
President Larry Dietz focused on ISU’s latest achievements and changes planned for the university in the address. Some achievements included the growing enrollment rate and the renaming of the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts.
President Dietz spoke on what has led to the success of the university and how it will continue with the growing student body.
“The critical part is keeping our faculty to student ratio the same,” said Dietz. “I think the faculty to student ratio is one of the reasons we are having such success in the classroom. Most importantly we are not resting on our laurels, we are wanting to make it even better.”
Using the inspiration from the success the university has already achieved, President Dietz announced new programs, majors and buildings planned for ISU. This includes a cybersecurity major, a multicultural center, and a cultural program.
President Dietz expands on why these new programs are beneficial to future and current ISU students and faculty.
President Dietz said, “Establishing these programs and centers show people that we are interested in what they are saying and what they are doing.”
Ultimately President Dietz thanked the students, faculty, and staff for contributing to the success of the university. After the address, President Dietz answered questions from the public regarding funding for the new programs and other concerns.