President to give State of the University address


Kevin Hall

David Glassman, newly elected president of Eastern, speaks at a press conference introducing him as the new president at the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Mon. March 2, 2015 in the University Ballroom. Glassman will begin his position this summer June 1, 2015.

Cassie Buchman, Administration Editor

President David Glassman will give his State of the University address to the students, faculty and staff of Eastern and community members at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Dvorak Concert Hall of the Doudna Fine Arts Center.

In the speech, he will focus on three topics, which are an update on the budget, the strength of the university and the vision for Eastern’s future.

Glassman will address the measures the university has taken so far to balance the budget and the implications of uncertainty in the state’s appropriation, the need for the university to come together in optimism and positivism for its future.

The need for marketing and branding the university and implementing an integrative and strategic recruitment plan to increase Eastern’s student enrollment will also be a topic.

“I will also be presenting a framework for a pathway of EIU success,” Glassman said.

Glassman said he hoped the remarks will provide an understanding of where the university is relative to balancing the budget for the current year, how strong the university is from viewing the accomplishments from the past year and the knowledge that a collaborative plan will be developed for moving the university forward in its educational mission and with financial sustainability.

This is the first time Glassman has given such a speech.

“As dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Southern Indiana, I would annually give a State of the College address,” he said. “But this will be my first State of the University address.”

“I have been working on the remarks for several weeks,” he said. “First by outlining the areas and topics I wanted to include in the address; researching the facts and data to be presented, writing each section individually and going through numerous drafts.”

These drafts were used to edit and reduce the length of the speech to fit a time of approximately 45 minutes.

Glassman said he invites all members of the university to attend the speech, according to a press release written in the university newsletter.

“I invite all to attend and ask supervisors to allow staff members interested in attending to be able to leave their work areas for the presentation,” he said. “I look forward to seeing you there.”

The Office of Marketing and Creative Services is planning to publish the delivered speech at the conclusion of Glassman’s address.

Those interested can find the speech on the media relations website.

Cassie Buchman can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]