President's Perspective

O U's President, Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, posed for a headshot. Text to the left of the image reads President's Perspective

President's Perspective

icon of a calendarSep. 6, 2017

icon of a pencilBy Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.

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To the University community,

Welcome to the beginning of what I know will be an outstanding 2017-18 academic year.

As we witness steady progress with the Oakland Center expansion and the southern student housing construction, I hope that you are as excited as I am to continue celebrating Oakland University’s growth.

Inaugural year for the School of Music, Theatre and DanceThis will be the inaugural year for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, of course, and I cannot wait to see how our performing arts programs will extend their wings with this elevation of institutional status. 

As I have shared with you before, I am looking forward to exploring ways to not only ensure that our students continue receiving the highest quality of instruction and immersive learning possible, but also to empower them to nurture their passion and ability to solve real-world problems.

We are fortunate to already have diversified community support and revitalization programs well underway.We are fortunate to already have diversified community support and revitalization programs well underway. The work that so many in the campus community have done to bolster the educational, vocational, entrepreneurial, social support and cultural enterprises in Pontiac is truly inspiring. As we refine and expand our engagement efforts, students will have more opportunity than ever to discover how they can make a difference in the lives of fellow community members.

OU faculty members are already engaged in pivotal scientific research and creative scholarship that holds great potential to improve quality of lifeIn the arena of research, accomplished and respected OU faculty members are already engaged in pivotal scientific research and creative scholarship that holds great potential to improve quality of life. One thing of which I am confident is that there are additional resources out there to support expansion of this work, as well as the launch of new faculty- and student-supported projects. I look forward to working with you to identify and secure resources.

Finally, you may have seen the announcement regarding Vice President Glenn McIntosh accepting the additional role of Oakland University’s first-ever chief diversity officer. This appointment is part of a broader effort to more effectively coordinate and enhance our efforts to make this campus one of the most welcoming and inclusive academic environments anywhere. Rest assured that you will be hearing more about these efforts soon and the creation of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Once again, welcome to the new array of opportunities on our collective horizon, and I wish you a most engaging and rewarding year ahead.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.
President

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