GREENVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2014) — Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, delivered his first “State of the College Address” Monday, Aug. 25, at the college’s 51st annual convocation. Downs said this was an important “moment of renewal” for Harriot College and that he was “delighted to be working with the college to craft its future.”
“The state of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is in many important ways strong, it is vibrant and it is full of promise,” said Downs. “I arrive at my optimism for our future only after careful consideration of our position within the University, after gaining an appreciation for our traditions of excellence in both research and teaching and after a clear-headed analysis of how vital our disciplines are to the people of this state and to the demands of a 21st Century workforce.”
During his address, Downs touched on various aspects of what makes the college great; what it does and provides that is important to the university, the students and the region.
Three key concepts discussed, included:
Even while touting the strengths of Harriot College, Downs expressed the need to continue to work with fellow colleagues in other areas across campus.
“We are just one part of a large, dynamic institution,” said Downs. “We are a natural partner for our colleagues in the other academic colleges and professional schools, and we can and must work in concert with our partners on campus in support of a shared institutional mission.”
Downs also discussed ways the college can ensure a bright future, even in challenging times. In discussing the future of the college, Downs touched on eight points:
“This is a full plate,” said Downs. “I’m committed to each of these next steps.”
In closing, Downs addressed the group by thanking all the faculty and staff for what they do in research, in teaching and in service.
“Thank you for your commitment to your student and to your community,” said Downs. “Congratulations on your accomplishments over the course of the past year and best wishes for continued success in the new year.”