Fairmont State University kicked off the beginning of the 2023-2024 academic year during the opening session on Monday, August 14. Faculty and staff congregated in Colebank Gym to enjoy breakfast and hear from campus leadership during the event.
The beginning of opening session began with opening remarks from Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Dianna Phillips.
“The whole energy of the campus goes up because we are all here together. It is my pleasure to welcome you to academic year 2023-2024 and to kick off the opening session,” said Phillips. “We are welcoming a new class and our new colleagues to advance the mission of our institution, and we are in fine shape to begin this academic year.”
New faculty and staff members were introduced to the campus community by Dr. Phillips, and the keynote speech was provided by Fairmont State President Dr. Mike Davis, who started as President on July 1.
Dr. Davis formally introduced himself and addressed the Fairmont State employees present at the opening session.
“I am thankful to be with all of you here today. I have been at Fairmont State for about a month and a half, and I can say without a doubt it was the right decision to come here,” said Davis. “Every time I turn around there is another superstar at this university doing innovative student-centered or community-centered meaningful work. This is a great place to be President because of all of the work you’re doing to make it a special place.”
After his introduction and addressing those present, Dr. Davis went on to outline the process of building a new strategic plan for the University, which should be finished by the 2024-2025 academic year. He encouraged all employees to voice their opinions and collaborate using each other’s expertise when crafting the strategic plan.
During the closing remarks Dr. Phillips announced the relaunch of the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CTLI). The CTLI is a shared space where faculty and staff can unite to explore best practices, scholarship, and excellence in teaching and learning to promote student success and increase transformational impact. Services offered by the CTLI include professional development, consultations, micro-credential and curriculum development, onboarding and more.