I’m heading to a Texas State University System’s Board of Regents Meeting in San Marcos this week (my first one as interim president) but before I go I wanted to catch everyone up on some exciting developments at Sul Ross that I may not have previously mentioned. I’m also asking Steve Lang and Yvonne Realivasquez to supply lots of pictures to help supplement this week’s blog since I am rushing to get this one off before hitting the road.
As a guy who always has appreciated motorized vehicles as a major source of preoccupation, first up I want to recognize that Sul Ross has acquired a pride-worthy source of transportation to replace our old 30+ passenger bus with something considerably larger. Our athletes will be travelling in style when we begin basketball play offs this week thanks to the efforts of Jim Clouse and Noe Hernandez who found, negotiated, and purchased our new 40-passenger charter bus. And thanks to Steve Lang, we have an excellent story to tell about the acquisition and photos to boot! Read the Story Here
I am also excited to announce that last week I signed an agreement with the Dixon Water Foundation to accept a $1.2M donation that will establish an endowed chair in Natural Resources Management. I was honored to meet and dine with Mr. Clint Josey, the namesake on the endowment, and Mr. Robert Potts, CEO for the Dixon Water Foundation to sign the agreement that will appoint last year’s Outstanding Sul Ross Professor, Dr. Bonnie Warnock as the first ever Clint Josey Endowed Chair for Sustainable Ranch Management at SRSU.
A couple of important additions to campus that will make a big difference to our future. First, the addition to our website of the final version of our Strategic Plan which was begun last Spring thanks to the input of several dozen people who came to campus to assist in the process. This planning document will serve as a snapshot of who we believe ourselves to be and as a guide that will help to shape our priorities as an institution. Never to be mistaken for a completed and unchanging document, but rather, as a foundational touchstone from which we might build upon and branch out. Second, to help us along on our journey, a daily allotment of the best assortment of key coffee products also are now available at the Morgan University Center. Pictured here is Sasha, our very charming and capable barista.
Finally, permit me to point out once again that the search for the 12th President is underway. Last week the position was posted and soon thereafter a website was published to allow interested parties to check the progress of the search. I understand that the initial call volume inquiring about the position was strong and so far 8 applicants have made their interest official. So if you know of anyone who would be a good fit, please send them to our website!