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The mission of a university is only as strong as the vision moving it forward. As we reflect on Fiscal Year 2014-15 and the second year of our Strategic Plan, we have seen both Mission and vision come to life.
Our Gannon University Mission is rooted in a 90-year tradition of success through which we have grown in our opportunities and in the experience we are able to provide to our students.
This experience is strengthened through the leadership present at the University, a feature that was validated this past year as The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For report recognized Gannon for confidence in senior leadership having the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for the success of the institution.
Student, faculty and staff visionaries guiding initiatives throughout campus have created new platforms for excellence in all aspects of our Mission. Our community has come together to foster innovation and bring new ideas to life that have enhanced our academic offerings. This collaboration has resulted not only in new programs to respond to growing job markets, but also in creating a monumental time in our University’s history by opening a second Gannon University campus in Ruskin, Florida.
The forward-thinking minds coming together as a University and partnering with our Erie neighbors have created a newfound level of engagement with the community. Integrating the values of our Mission, expressed through social responsibility and our dedication to education and scholarship, has created unique opportunities to serve our community and enrich the lives of others.
Because the Gannon family members are continually challenging themselves to reach new heights, this dedication to community expands worldwide. To develop a worldview that encompasses cultural understanding, as well as academic and professional development, new university agreements have been established, and additional scholarship opportunities for travel experiences have been created. International students who represent an expanding array of countries new to the University were welcomed to campus.
Our Gannon Mission defines what we do and who we are as a University, and our vision is the result of our passion for the continued success of our community. By taking time for inward reflection on the current state of the University in a challenging time for higher education, we have come together to create a vision that drives the initiatives outlined in our Strategic Plan, enhancing value in our experience and investing in our strengths. As we look ahead to the next fiscal year, we will continue to strengthen our Gannon tradition of excellence and refine our vision for the future.