From Excellence to Eminence: The Case for Change
By E. Gordon Gee
onCampus, November 4, 2009
Two years since my return to Ohio State, I have become convinced that this is — without question — the university’s unmatched moment of potential. Our time to push forward strategically, aggressively and creatively. Our time to fulfill our great promise.
Because this university is exceptionally strong, wonderfully complex and truly comprehensive, we have a limitless capacity to do good in the world: To feed the hungry; to cure disease and solve the most vexing problems in global health; to bring joy and enrichment to others through arts and culture; to help emerging democracies establish sound foundations; to educate students fully prepared for leadership in a global context; and, through realizing our potential in those areas, to help create a strong future for our state and our nation.
That is neither presidential posturing nor wishful thinking. After three decades of leading universities, I have acquired some perspective on higher education. And I know the markers of exceptional quality. Ohio State is a place of vast intellectual capital, enormous imagination and manifest vitality. We are blessed with unparalleled support from elected officials, alumni and friends. Taken together, our resources at this moment are without peer.
E. Gordon Gee on One University:
“In order to take advantage of our enormous opportunities, we needed to change the culture of the place. My goal in creating this one university concept is to develop an integrated approach. Facilitating and rewarding collaboration across disciplines will advance scholarship, teaching, and health care in fundamental ways.”