Letter from the Chancellor

The UW Oshkosh community: An opportunity of place

The start of the fall semester has been a momentous time for both me and my family. I first had the pleasure of helping with move-in days on Sept. 6 and 7. The UW Oshkosh community of alumni, staff and faculty carried box after box into our residence halls for the nearly 3,000 students settling into their new homes.

That same week, after dropping my own daughter off at college, we kicked off the school year—my first full academic year at UWO—with a wonderful Opening Day Convocation. There I was pleased to welcome faculty and staff back to campus and recognize their accomplishments and contributions.

Then, on Sept. 18, I was humbled by the honor of being officially installed as the 11th chancellor of this great institution. Surrounded by family, friends, colleagues and partners, I spoke about how Oshkosh is an “opportunity of place,” which is addressed in this issue of Engage magazine.

Even before I arrived here, I knew that UW Oshkosh flourished, in no small part, because of the resource-rich, urban region from which it draws. We have the critical mass to do great things in partnership with the greater community.

Just one example of this synergy can be found in the third semester of our University Studies Program, which focuses on civic engagement and sends students out into the community. The impact is massive. Local partnerships provide endless educational options to our students; the students give back by providing thousands of hours of community service to area nonprofits and other collaborators.

This unique combination of a comprehensive university located in an urban region is a key differentiator for UW Oshkosh. I am beyond pleased to serve in this vibrant community of learners, educators and partners.

With gratitude,

Andrew J. Leavitt, Chancellor

Check out our Guest Column from former Oshkosh Mayor C. Burk Tower.


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