A Message from President David Johns
I am very grateful for the heartfelt welcome to campus by the Ferrum College community. There is no place I would rather be than with our talented faculty, dedicated staff, and energetic and curious students. I am honored to work alongside all of you.
This is a time of great opportunity and promise. From a training school, to a junior college, to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution, Ferrum College has always risen to meet the needs of our region. This inspiring history of service is part of the Ferrum College DNA.
The best education happens in colleges like Ferrum, where faculty ask hard questions and address important social issues, where students are creative and passionate about making a difference, and where we allow faith to teach us how to invest our lives – heart, soul, mind, and strength – in healing the world.
We have work to do, but it is good work that will make a difference in the lives of our students and that will strengthen our communities. I am looking forward to a creative, productive, and rewarding 2018. There are many topics to address, but initially I will focus on the following:
- Strengthening and expanding our revenue base in order to continue providing a high quality liberal arts and professional education for our students that is accessible and affordable in order to maintain our beautiful campus and facilities, and to invest in high-demand, undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare our students to thrive in their life and excel in their calling.
- Working with the Administrative Council to evaluate our progress with the College’s strategic plan and clarify our priorities for the coming year. I will become better acquainted with faculty and staff to learn more about their good efforts on behalf of our students. I will also spend time with our Ferrum Family beyond campus – trustees, alumni, donors, community leaders, and others who can help us accomplish our mission.
- Discovering new and compelling ways to tell our story, to articulate why a Ferrum education is a solid investment, and to make sure everything we do supports our mission to form women and men who are thoughtful, perceptive, articulate, professionally capable, and who are caring, concerned citizens in this community, nation and world.
As you will see from my social media posts, I am having a great time learning everything I can about Ferrum College and our region. My explorations include visiting with our Panther family at home and across the state, touring of sites on- and off-campus, attending academic and athletic events, and much more. Please follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and discover, or in some cases, rediscover, what exactly it is that inspires such passion for these students, our mission and our home!
David L. Johns