February 3, 2017–Among his top priorities, he said, are enhancing the success of our students, building an environment of inclusive excellence, investing in our intellectual and physical capital, strengthening interdisciplinary and global programs, and fostering a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Assanis remarked that the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment is “critical to growth at UD,” particularly in southern Delaware with its leading-edge capabilities in robotics technology and data visualization, research vessels and the potential for growth in services at the Lewes campus. In particular, Assanis pointed to CEOE’s strengths in environmental science, sustainability, policy, and innovation and entrepreneurship. He noted his belief that the university should build on excellence, finding programs and faculty doing something well and investing in that area to expand its impact.
“We really need to learn from each other,” President Assanis told the faculty. “We need your support. We need your engagement. Without your engagement, great things don’t happen.”
Faculty members engaged President Assanis in a spirited question-and-answer session to learn how their individual efforts and growing initiatives within the college can complement his vision for UD.
“CEOE already offers many of the things President Assanis deems critical to providing students ‘high-impact learning experiences,’ including study abroad, undergraduate research, problem-based learning and cultivating an environment with cultural and global awareness,” said Mohsen Badiey, CEOE acting dean.
“As a college, we look forward to working closely with Dr. Assanis to continue strengthening our interdisciplinary and global programs and to foster the strong spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that already exists among our faculty and students.”