Building and strengthening our John F. Kennedy University community has been a top priority for me, and part of how we do that is through sharing information on a regular basis and recognizing the many advances and developments that make us such a great University. As we work together to deliver an exceptional student experience, it is imperative that we implement a communication model to engage all stakeholders. As such, I am thrilled to kick off the first edition of our JFKU Newsletter. This monthly communication will keep you up-to-date on the wonderful developments in our JFKU community.
I am particularly proud of the work put into developing our 2020 Strategic Framework for our entire National University System of universities and institutions. And as we grow as a System, I am excited to be working with collaborative leaders such as President of John F. Kennedy University, Debora Bean.
As we talk more about the National University System, I’d like to take a moment to explain it in more detail. The National University System is a network of accredited nonprofit educational institutions serving higher education and K-12 students. The System is comprised of: National University; John F. Kennedy University, which is located in the Bay Area and offers a Juris Doctorate and PsyD; City University of Seattle, which offers a Doctorate in Business Administration and an Ed.D.; WestMed College, a healthcare vocational school; and the Division of Pre-College Programs. As Chancellor, I will be focusing my attention on creating more fluid pathways for students to pursue professional and terminal degrees across our institutions.
Recently, I had an amazing experience running in Capitol Park with Boston and New York Marathon winner, Meb Keflezighi. Meb is a marathon legend, who will be making history for being the oldest U.S. Olympic team runner when he competes at the Rio de Janeiro games this summer. Spending time with Meb, I was able to reflect on his inspirational message that it’s never too late to dream, to set goals and to achieve them. Meb often says that life, education and marathons have a lot in common, in that they require a lot of patience to succeed. In the process, they build character and teach us lessons about hard work, persistence, self-discipline, and determination. He is a living example of one of my favorite quotes by Abraham Lincoln “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
We are gearing up to celebrate our upcoming graduates at John F. Kennedy University’s commencement and College of Law commencement. We are excited to welcome graduates and their families as we continue to honor the hard work of our graduates!