My November blog post on philanthropy and fundraising focused on how faculty involved in these efforts can change PSU through the generous partnership of our donors. The Academic Leadership Team (ALT) has been working closely with President Wiewel and the PSU Foundation to frame the next set of ideas that will serve as the scaffolding for PSU’s Comprehensive Campaign. This campaign will be an intensive, catalyzing fundraising effort to build endowments and one-time funds to support students, faculty, and staff, as well as facilities and programmatic needs. We have yet to launch the campaign, but the building blocks are in place.
I recently attended two events that spoke to the great importance of research and innovation in higher education. Advancing excellence in research is integral to the soon-to-be-completed Strategic Plan at PSU.
A National Conversation about Research
In late October, Lisa Zurk, our Associate Vice President for Research, and I took a trip to Eugene to participate with members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for a discussion on “The Role of Public Institutions in Higher Education.”