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Iamhonoredtocountmyselamonganewguardocollegepresidentswithaneyeoninnovation.Theprocessochangehasandmustcontinuetobeeducatedandinormedbyexperiencebutwearealsoinneedosomethingmore.AbrahamLincolnadviseduponsigningtheMorrillActoCongressprovidingorthestatelandgrantcollegesThedogmasothequietpastareinadequatetothestormypresent.Theoccasionispiledhighwithdicultyandwemustrisetotheoccasion.Asourcaseisnewsomustwethinkanew.ThisadviceresonatesmorethanacenturylateratBeckerwearecontinuallyevolvingandtransormingsothatwemaybesteducateourstudents.Intodayschallengingtimeswhenmanyinstitutionsarestrugglingpublicskepticismishighaboutthevalueoacollegeeducationandworkplaceshitshavedecimatedtheone-careertrackacollegedegreestillrepresentsAmericasmostvaluabledriveroaglobaleconomy.Withoutapipelineoyoungpeoplewithrelevantknowledgeandskillsournationwillbeunabletoinnovateandadapttoachangingworld.Masteryoknowledgeisonekeythatcanunlockthepotentialouturegenerations.Butknowledgealonecannotmovetheneedle.Developinginthemanagilemindsetseepage7onethatensuresbothsuccessandadaptabilitypreparesthemtoweatherandthriveinanunpredictableuture.WhenIassumedtheBeckerCollegepresidencyin2010amongmytopprioritieswastoevolvetheCollegesinrastructuretoensurethatwecouldmeetthechallengesothenewnormalinthehighereducationmarketplace.Iamproudthatweosteranenvironmentthatencouragesourcommunitytooperateoutsidedepartmentalsilostobeinnovativeandcreativeandtosolveproblemscollaboratively.Weencourageamindsetopossibilitythinkingandselectiveexperimentationaperspectivethathasenabledustobesuccessul.AsaresultBeckerCollegeisnotjustsurvivinginthepresenthighereducationmarketplaceitisthrivingourlargestenrollmentintheColleges230-yearhistorythelaunchonewacademicprogramsfscalftnessglobalcitizenshipestablishedasagraduateattributeandthedevelopmentoanagilemindsetinallgraduatesregardlessotheirmajor.Ourgrowthoverthepastouryearspavesthewaytoanevenstrongerutureby2020wewillbecomeBeckerUniversity.Butwecannotrestonoursuccesswemustcontinuallyascertainwhatisnext.ToparaphrasehockeygreatWayneGretzkyatBeckerwetrytoskatetowherewethinkthepuckisgoingnottowhereitis.ThismeansthatasweBUILDINGAMODELFORSUCCESSRobertE.JohnsonPh.D.PresidentlargestenrollmentinCollegehistoryBECKERCOLLEGEISTHRIVINGnewacademicprogramsfscalftnessglobalcitizenshipagilemindset22