Annual Report 2010-2011

Annual Report 2011Letter From The President

I am pleased to present the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College Annual Report for fiscal year 2011. Our college and university are definitely in a time of transformation and change.

Many new initiatives are being planned, seeded with the strengths of the past. This report will speak to some of the accomplishments of our alumni, faculty and staff. Many of the successes we are experiencing are a reflection of the growing partnerships with our many communities in the region. In this challenging economic environment, it is more important than ever to reach out to those stakeholders who care most about Rio Grande and its impact on individual lives and southeastern Ohio. Our reach, however, extends considerably beyond this region and literally spans the globe, including our very special educational partnerships in Wales.

Margaret J. Wheatley wrote, “All change, even very large and powerful change, begins when a few people start talking with one another about something they care about.” As president, I have the privilege of seeing every day how many amazing people care about Rio. Our relationship with the leadership of Gallia, Vinton, Jackson and Meigs counties is exemplary. Our business and school partnerships are strong. When Bob Evans Farms began renovations across the street
from the campus, we watched with a passion equal to the kind of intensity of excitement that comes from family. Our alumni continue to tell us what Rio means to them, and ways they need
us to respond to a changing world. We love seeing you back on campus, and encourage continued visits.

As we began our strategic planning effort in 2010 with the boards of trustees, we reflected the following words of Rosabeth Moss Canter, “A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” Everyone involved in crafting our vision strives toward a calling to continuously re-create Rio based on the needs of our learners. We want the very best for Rio, and we must transform to remain competitive
and responsive to those we serve. Sometimes change is difficult, but with the guidance of our trustees,  extensive research and work of our employees and input from those we consider “family,” the task is complete. The plan is the beginning; the realization of its dreams is now
beginning to take hold.

Thank you to everyone who cares about the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College. As always, I welcome your emails, calls and visits. Please join us as
we respond to changing times and continue to build Rio into a world-class institution.

Barbara Gellman-Danley, Ph.D.