State of the University Address
In his annual State of the University
address on August 23, President James M. Danko shared
highlights from the past year at Butler, including successful
reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, continued
momentum in admissions and advancement, and our exciting move to
the BIG EAST conference.
Danko reviewed the strategic journey we have taken over the last
two years, imagining the possibilities for Butler and
exploring our path to national prominence. As we move
forward, he said, it is time to focus our efforts on
achieving this vision for the future.
A key enabler of that vision will be a campus environment that
provides a strong foundation for student learning and development.
President Danko shared examples of progress already being made,
including upgrades on Butler's West Campus, which will alleviate
parking shortages while preserving financial flexibility for future
investments. This progress, he indicated, will accelerate in the
months and years to come, with improvements planned to campus
sidewalks, streetscapes, student housing, and academic
The President highlighted progress on key innovation efforts
across campus since last year's address. He recognized a second
phase of Innovation Fund awards, supporting
eight new projects in addition to the 10 that were previously
funded. Danko also praised innovation efforts at the college level,
specifically calling out 27 new online courses that launched this
summer. Finally, he conveyed his excitement about progress being
made on the Innovation Unbound initiative and
shared plans for the working groups to present their ideas to the
Butler community early in 2014.
President Danko concluded his address by introducing the draft
vision statement for Butler University in the year 2020, focused on
achieving national recognition as an innovative leader in
the creation and delivery of transformative, student-centered
learning experiences that prepare graduates to make a lasting and
positive impact in the world. He called on faculty and
staff to provide input and feedback in the weeks to come and,
pending board approval, to come together as one community to work
toward realizing this vision.
President Danko's full address can be seen below.