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Butler 2020 Progress

We are driving toward a bold vision for our University, outlined in a strategic plan we call Butler 2020. This was the culmination of two years of discussion and feedback from Butler students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Since its launch in 2012, we have made major strides and are poised for great achievement in the months and years to come.

Academics

The first platform of the Butler 2020 Vision outlines our strategy to distinguish Butler through innovative programs and a strengthened commitment to community engagement, experiential learning, and international education. 2014 brought exceptional recognition of our work in these areas, as U.S. News and World Report recognized Butler as one of the top schools in the country for undergraduate education that supports student success. Butler, listed among the nation's best for internships, undergraduate research, service learning, study abroad, and first-year experience, was one of only three universities in the United States recognized in five or more categories, and was recognized in more categories than all other Indiana schools combined.

In further affirmation of Butler's efforts, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized Butler with its Community Engagement Classification, which acknowledges colleges and universities that have gained national distinction by developing mutually beneficial partnerships with local organizations and surrounding communities.

These and other accolades reflect the exceptional work of faculty and staff across the University. In the months to come, we will continue to build upon these accomplishments as we launch new programs, expand online offerings, continue to fund innovative initiatives, and further distinguish Butler within a competitive higher education landscape.

Health and Safety

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our students. Butler's Community of Care expands student programming focused on education and prevention, promotes collaboration with government stakeholders and peer institutions, and works to improve Butler's sexual assault policies, procedures, and enforcement efforts.

Moreover, Butler's Presidential Commission on Sexual Assault, which includes representatives from students, faculty, and staff, meets actively to provide leadership with recommendations to improve assessment, education, and prevention.

It is inspiring to watch our incoming students stand together and take the #ButlerPledge to care for one another and keep each other safe. I am proud of our community's efforts to uphold these commitments.

Leadership

In 2015, we welcomed two new members to the University's leadership team: VP for Advancement Jaci Thiede and VP for Enrollment Management Lori Greene. Jaci and Lori have brought significant talent and experience to Butler, and they are leading their divisions to greater partnerships within the University and improved processes to help ensure great success in the years to come.

We also welcomed Chris Holtmann as men's basketball Head Coach. Coach Holtmann has done a tremendous job leading the team, and we are confident in his leadership, backed by that of all our athletic coaches and staff, as our Bulldogs continue to compete in the BIG EAST. 

Campus Environment

We made major strides toward advancing Butler educational and workplace environments through superior campus amenities.

In partnership with Indianapolis, the University developed the Sunset Streetscape that now beautifies the eastern border of campus, while improving safety and sustainability. A new multi-use parking facility effectively addresses long-standing parking concerns, as well brings new retail options to campus, including Scotty’s Dawghouse restaurant.

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of supporters, the Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse raised $17.1 million for the preservation and enhancement of this 86-year-old national landmark. Renovations maintained Hinkle's charm while providing modern amenities to athletes and fans alike.

The University's agreement with American Campus Communities to develop world-class residential facilities is coming to fruition. The state-of-the-art, 630-bed residential facility is on schedule to open for fall 2016 sophomores.

Take a closer look at the impact these projects will have on Butler's with our video flythrough. In the long term, these projects are all necessary precursors to planned expansion and modernization of academic spaces. The Science Commission made great progress in 2014 on its recommendations for developing state-of-the-art science facilities in Gallahue and Holcomb, while a new task force began planning for a new academic building to house the College of Business and additional programs.

As Butler builds and grows, we remain committed to sustainability. The University's Climate Action Plan, part of the American Colleges & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, outlines short- and long-term strategies to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Final Thoughts

Butler's trustees consistently express great confidence in and enthusiasm for our vision, strategy, and progress. They also acknowledge the challenges ahead as we seek to grow and distinguish Butler in the face of demographic and marketplace shifts confronting higher education. I share our trustees' confidence in Butler's future, and I am thankful for the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who make this future possible.

Thank you again for all you do for Butler University, and I look forward to working alongside you to accomplish even more great things together.