Bob Clark, Vice Chancellor
Throughout my time at the Edwards Campus, we have made great efforts to inform the public we are KU – KU faculty, KU quality and KU commitment to this region.
This Higher Ed. newsletter has played an important role in communicating that fact. The publication is coming to an end just as the Edwards Campus is beginning a new era. Since this is the final issue, I wanted to remember the road we have traveled.
Fifteen years ago, we were a single building with no faculty offices. No place existed for our esteemed professors and lecturers to meet with students. Students had no place to catch a bite before class and go over the evening’s assignment, nowhere to meet with class groups and prepare for presentations. Only limited technology was available to support their needs. We did offer a committed faculty who loved to teach, research and learn.
That’s about the only thing that hasn’t changed. We have now graduated more than 8,000 students. The philanthropic giving of local foundations helped us build Regnier Hall and acquire space for a student union. Thanks to the voters of Johnson County, we built a complex of buildings that will bring more than 1,000 new students to our undergraduate and graduate programs over the next several years.
Our next step is to fully engage in Far Above, KU’s recently announced fundraising campaign, and make every effort to grow the scholarship base for Edwards Campus students most in need.
I want to thank our students, faculty and the voters of Johnson County for their continuing interest in the Edwards Campus. As our campus continues to grow and evolve, and the impact of the Johnson County Education Research Triangle becomes more evident, we will use new and different ways to stay in touch.
It has been a remarkable time for this campus. We are fortunate to be part of this community and are dedicated to seeing this campus progress along with the workforce, economy and quality of life of our citizens. We are KU!