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During my Opening Convocation remarks, I talked about the importance of partnerships to the community and to the University. These partnerships will help us deliver on the promise to provide an exceptional educational experience to each MU student.
Partnerships are another way to say "relationships," and we are very fortunate to have so many caring people who have invested in the University and want to see our students succeed. In fact, they have joined various advisory boards so that they can maximize their effectiveness as partners.
This year, as we strive to implement so many initiatives that will move Methodist University forward, I will be highlighting the many benefits from our partnerships and celebrating their contributions to the University. My goal is to identify and then recognize 100 Partnerships over the next 12 months and illustrate how they have played a pivotal role in meeting our strategic priorities—priorities that will benefit our students and prepare them for success during their time at Methodist and beyond.
I am excited about our current partnerships, which are listed below. I look forward to celebrating other University Partnerships in the future and reminding all of us how important it is to engage people in order to achieve the highest level of success. Methodist University is indebted to its initial founders whose legacy is a strong sense of community engagement. So much has been accomplished in five decades through their commitment, and the next 50 years will prove to be equally exciting and full of promise.
Ben E. Hancock, Jr.
Counting Up to 100 Partnerships
Partnership #1: The Methodist University Board of Trustees, represented by Dr. Mary Lynn Bryan, Chair. They are recognized for their service to Methodist University through leadership and sound financial stewardship. No other group is as engaged in the life of the University or has as profound an effect on the future of the institution.
Partnership #2: Methodist University Alumni Association Board of Directors, represented by Rev. Dr. Jerry Jackson, 1st Vice President. They provide the leadership of Methodist University's 10,000 alumni in support of MU through the development of new programs and sponsoring alumni events.
Partnership #3: Methodist University Board of Visitors, represented by Mr. David Baskett, Chair. By sponsoring events like the annual Board of Visitors Golf Tournament and the MU Women's Basketball, Cheer & Dance Experience, this group of individuals generates financial support and visibility for Methodist University.
Partnership #4: Methodist University Foundation Board, represented by Mr. Steve Driggers, President. This Board generates financial support for Methodist University, and sponsors the annual Loyalty Day Campaign that provides funds for student scholarships. This illustrates that through partnerships we can be successful at building a culture of philanthropy that benefits the University.
Partnership #5: Fayetteville - Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, represented by Mr. Doug Peters, President & CEO. Teams of students from the MU Center for Community Engagement will be working with the Chamber's staff and members on a series of projects. The first will be a community image survey and re-branding efforts.
Partnership #6: United Way of Cumberland County, represented by Mr. Robert Hines, President & CEO. Methodist University will developing pilot projects that can be utilized in various community campaigns. A team of MU students will be designing a campaign at Methodist University and creating a "United Way Day" and "United Way Fair" that will bring representatives of United Way agencies and MU employees together, thus increasing their awareness of the benefits received through their contributions. We also hope to develop a student organization that can be a model for other student groups. In the end, the student group will develop a comprehensive campaign that will enable them to create similar campaigns in other settings.
Partnership #7: City of Fayetteville, represented by Adewunmi Lewis, HRD Assistant Director.
Partnership #8: Fayetteville Observer, represented by Diane Cain, HR manager.
Partnership #9: US Army Special Operations Command, represented by Michelle Barnes, EEO Specialist.
Partnership #10: PWC (Public Works Commission), represented by Magie Fishburne, Compensation Analyst and Bobby Russell, HR Director.
Partnership #11: The Arts Council, represented by Anne Rawson.
Partnership #12: Finish Line
Partnership #13: VA Medical Center, represented by Director Elizabeth Goolsby
Partnership #14: The Cape Fear Valley Health System, represented by CEO Michael Nagowski
Partnership #15: Womack Medical Center, represented by Col. Steven J. Brewster
Partnership #16: The City of Fayetteville, represented by Mayor Tony Chavonne
Partnership #17: The City of Spring Lake, represented by Mayor Chris Rey
Partnership #18: The CFE Advisory Board, represented by Mr. Tom Keith
Partnership #19: The First United Methodist Church of Cary, represented by the Rev. Dr. Carl Frazier
Partnership #20: Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), represented by Suthathip "Benz" Suanmali ’02, Assistant Professor. As a result of Dr. Hancock and Dr. Safley's visit to SIIT, an agreement is being developed between SIIT (as a part of Thammasat University) and Methodist University that will include faculty and student exchanges. We look forward to moving forward with this program once the memorandum of understanding (MOU) is finalized, creating opportunities as early as the 2014-15 year for our two institutions to benefit from this partnership. And through our outreach to our alumni and friends in Thailand, we will expand our recruitment efforts to attract future Thai students to Methodist so they can benefit from an MU education. We look forward to these partnerships and all they will do to further our university-wide commitment to global education.