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Reflections on 2012

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I recently visited Bogota, Colombia, with our MBA program director Dr. Jose Cordova to meet with several governmental, military, and business organizations about our online programs and more specifically about our MBA project management program delivered in Spanish. The visit was productive in many ways but perhaps the most important agenda item was meeting with the first seven MBA graduates (pictured above), who completed their studies in November as our pilot group. It was personally rewarding to spend time with them as dedicated leaders in their respective and important positions in government, industry, and higher education. Their Norwich experience and education is already serving them well as they work to grow Colombia’s economy and improve their communities. I was reminded of the relevance of the University’s mission to produce citizens who are able to act as well as think, and to execute as well as conceive – principles relevant wherever democracy exists. Congratulations to these newest graduates, who will receive their degrees in June 2013 at the residency conference and will speak about their experience and vision for Colombia. 

As we begin the holiday break on campus, on behalf of the entire College of Graduate and Continuing Studies family, I’d like to wish you a happy holiday season and prosperous New Year. We should be proud and delighted with the accomplishments of this past year in our programs and individually. We had a wonderful 2012 highlighted by the residency conference, new degrees awarded and the creation of a new degree completion program in criminal justice. I expect that 2013 will continue to provide new opportunities both personally and professionally and I look forward to seeing you on campus or at a university function around the country, and possibly overseas. New programs, courses, projects, opportunities and experiences lay ahead and a fresh year is before us. Stay the course and enjoy the ride!

Over the holidays I am sure many of you will also be spending time to rest, reflect and renew with family and friends. Please be sure to take some time to regenerate; it will pay dividends in the end. Our deepest appreciation is extended to all of those serving in or supporting the armed forces away from their families this holiday season. Sincere thanks for all you do from the CGCS family. Happy holidays from our home to yours; see you next year!