l Capital University Journal
Message from the President
This fall brought exciting news for Sac State, as philanthropists Alex and Faye Spanos pledged $10 million to renovate our stadium and to serve as the lead gift for the landmark Recreation, Wellness and Events Center.
“We’re going to go beyond mere expectations and reach for the exceptional, becoming a premier metropolitan university.”
It was the largest gift ever to this University, but I see it as also much more than that. It was a challenge. With their high-profile gift, Alex and Faye Spanos have challenged Sac State to live up to its potential.
In fact, over the last year our alumni, students, faculty and staff have repeated a similar theme—telling me of this University’s great promise and their desire to help us reach it. Community members have told me how much better we can help our region and state become.
Together, we’re going to live up to that challenge. We’re going to go beyond mere expectations and reach for the exceptional, becoming a premier metropolitan university.
As I’ve said many times, Sac State is clearly a great regional university. We’ve served our students and the surrounding communities well since our founding in 1947. More than 160,000 students have earned degrees here, and a recent survey found 90 percent of local residents think we’re vital to the region’s prosperity. We have an annual regional economic impact of $744 million.
Through our Destination 2010 initiative, we’ll do even better. Our goal is nothing less than being recognized as a destination campus for the West and a flagship campus of the California State University system.
We plan to more than quadruple the number of students who can live here, turning this into a much more residential campus. We’ll foster excellent academic programs while expanding our student programs. There will be new classroom buildings, a Space Science Center and a new Performing Arts Center. Of course, we’ll remain focused on opportunities for students and great teaching in the classroom, never forgetting that the ultimate measure of our success is student success.
I’m committed to being a leader who helps these goals become a reality. While we’ve yet to imagine the many paths this University may follow, or even a fraction of the groundbreaking projects or research waiting to be done, I know that our students, faculty and staff are the key. They need the freedom and opportunity to try new things, take risks and live up to their own potential if Sac State is to live up to its potential. My administration is focused on doing everything possible to help.
I hope you’re excited about all the changes and new energy here at Sac State. As alumni and friends of this University, we value your support, ideas and, yes, your criticisms.
Please feel free to contact my office any time at (916) 278-7737. Or for more about the plans for Sac State’s future, you can follow the “Destination 2010” links at my website, www.csus.edu/president.