UNC President Feinstein: ‘Let’s Get Rowing’
September 18, 2018
That was the message from University of Northern Colorado President Andy Feinstein during his first annual State of the University address Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the University Center.
Feinstein, on his 80th day on the job, spoke to a capacity crowd in the ballrooms and wrapped up his remarks by quoting the Horace Mann Gate on 10th Avenue, a gift from the Class of 1910, that's contains the inscription: "Rowing, not drifting."
"Rowing demands collaboration. Tenacity. Coordination. Persistence. And focus. It’s hard work," he told the audience of faculty, staff, students and community members. "I want us to be rowers, not drifters. I want us to row, together, with purpose — as faculty and staff, as students and community members, as alumni and friends of the university. I want us to seize opportunities and anticipate the rapids."
Those rapids will include shoring up a $10 million budget deficit with campuswide involvement, a renewed focus on retaining and graduating students, and closing achievement gaps.
"Advancing UNC will demand the best of all of us,” he said.
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Faces in the Crowd
Among those in attendance: Former UNC presidents Kay Norton and Dick Bond, Aims Community College President Leah Bornstein, Greeley-Evans School District 6 Superintendent Deirdre Pilch, Greeley Mayor John Gates, Greeley City Manager Roy Otto, UC Health Greeley President Marilyn Schock, and Greeley Chamber of Commerce President Sarah MacQuiddy.