I doubt anyone has ever described UNCSA as a research institution, but our future success depends on shifting perceptions of the value and relevance of conservatory training in the 21st century, and of higher education in general. That means deepening our commitment, stated in our founding mission, to serve and enrich the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina and our nation.
We're kicking off the semester with the rollout of some exciting plans: a big-picture, long-term, holistic vision to guide key decisions about new construction, nonstop renovations, adaptive reuse, wayfinding, landscape, hardscape, and neighborhood development over the next two (or more) decades.
An artpreneur is an artist who's not defined by what is, but inspired by all that could be; who's business savvy and technologically aware; who's devoted to creating value and impact through their creative practice; who reaches beyond existing disciplines to create new ways to connect with others; who's willing to take creative risks in order to positively transform our world.
The stories that you remember and relate will illuminate the tenets that we model as a community and will inform our new statement of core institutional values. Together with our mission and vision statements and our manifesto, the values statement will spell out in black and white what it means to be a Fighting Pickle.
For over two years, I've experienced and considered our campus with an architect's eye. Although I've developed a deep admiration and sense of awe at all we've built since 1963, I'm committed to making some much-needed improvements.