I have arrived at a very exciting period in Augustana’s development. Over the last two years, Augustana has introduced a new academic calendar and seminar for first-year students. It will soon introduce, as well, a new curriculum featuring multidisciplinary areas of study and a brand new core program. In the midst of these auspicious changes, this is also a time of shifting demographics, political transition and a new funding model. To allow me to get a deeper understanding of Augustana’s current position while looking towards future goals, I’ve decided to borrow from the playbook used by several other universities who have undergone a leadership change: I’m declaring 100 Days of Listening, a period in which I will work towards assessing our strengths and weaknesses while considering strategic decisions, allowing me to hear from all stakeholders of our campus, including students, staff, faculty, community members, alumni, donors, etc.
Within this time period, I urge you to submit thoughts, questions, feedback, advice and any other pertinent information that you feel I should know. I will look forward to hearing and learning from you throughout the 100 Days.
Although you may not receive a directed response, know that I will have read and recorded everything and that the information will play an important role in guiding my leadership. Augustana would not be the campus it is without the continued and much appreciated interest of stakeholders such as yourselves. I look forward to having the opportunity to collaborate with you and continue to build Augustana as an innovative, close-knit campus invested in its community.
Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos
100 Days of Listening will take place from August 15 to November 22, 2019. Please send feedback to email@example.com.