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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 facilities.

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.