April 30, 2001 Vol. V, No. 15

President Jolene Koester's Inaugural Speech Excerpts

"It is with a profound feeling of honor, humility, privilege and joy that I stand before you today as the fourth president of California State University, Northridge. I also, however, must acknowledge that on this day of celebration, I experience a deep and compelling sense of commitment, obligation and stewardship for this institution." ...

"I ask everyone here today to participate with me in this event, to celebrate the extraordinary qualities of this university, a university that is indispensable to this region and to the greater Los Angeles area because of the high quality educational programs and services we provide. Even our initials, C-S-U-N, remind us of our mission to Connect, Serve, Unite and Nurture." ...

"We owe an incredible and immeasurable debt of gratitude to all who were here during those years [after the 1994 Northridge earthquake]. Those of you here with all of those earthquake stories, who worked in those tents, who slogged through the mud from place to place, who couldn't find your classes because you didn't know where the trailers were, those people who worked in the Mylar domes and packed and repacked, those of you who taught without your scholarly materials because they were lost in that earthquake. I say to you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Members of the Cal State Northridge community, let's use this occasion to celebrate the end of the earthquake reconstruction!" ...

"During the last nine months, I've had the opportunity to collect a lot of the university's stories. The picture that has emerged for me is one of a university focused on student achievement and high-quality degree programs that serve the economic, intellectual, cultural and human needs of our communities. We are the Valleys' only public university. We are indispensable to the communities that surround us." ...

"Just as we must develop and expand the ways we serve our communities, so too must our communities renew their commitments to us. For though the nearby communities are vital to this university, as well, this university is essential to our local region. Make no mistake about our contribution to this region: Cal State Northridge is the intellectual, cultural, and economic engine that allows this region to thrive." ...

"Finally, we must celebrate who we are. To become what we are capable of becoming, to be recognized for the vital contributions that we make, we must believe that what we do as individuals and as a university is critical, is crucial, is imperative and is essential. This university is all that and more." ...

"I stand here today and pledge to protect the excellence already accomplished and to find new ways to fulfill our mission of educating students, and through that educational process, to serve the community. All of you, please, join with me in that pledge. Join with me in helping to sustain our growing legacy and to assure that our best days still lie before us."



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