Regis is “strong and growing stronger every year” President John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., told several hundred faculty and staff who attended Ignatian Heritage Day celebrations at the St. John Francis Regis Chapel on Wednesday. The late morning program, which was facilitated by Kari Kloos, Assistant Vice President for Mission, and included a rousing reflection by Rev. Kevin Burke, S.J., Vice President of Mission, was followed by a light lunch on Fortune Plaza catered by Bon Appetit.
“You are the reason and the inspiration for our success,” Fitzgibbons said, noting the University’s commitment to its Ignatian values contributed to its achievements.
“As a Jesuit institution, we find in Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, a touchstone and a lodestar for all our activities and projects,” he said, celebrating the interconnectedness of Regis’ work.
“We are all from diverse religious and philosophical backgrounds and we may indeed use diverse vocabularies to describe our shared mission. And yet we all contribute essentially to a project that engages our students, leading them to broaden their horizons, advance their intellectual abilities and strengthen their confidence and capacity as creative, ethical and compassionate leaders of a global tomorrow.”
The president reviewed the previous academic year’s successes, including a $10 million gift from Regis graduate Andy Anderson, CBE ’90, a Minnesota businessman; three new members on Regis’ Board of Trustees; and a strong $65 million endowment. He lauded the rise in student retention and graduation rates and the Regis Rangers’ supremely successful year in sports. Finally, Fitzgibbons noted the many campus renovations that include the student center, Main Hall and the newly built Boryla apartments at 4923 King St., which will house upper-level students.
The apartments, named in honor of Vincent J. Boryla, a longtime supporter of Father Woody’s Service Projects at Regis who died in 2016, provide “a picture into our future.”
The University balanced its budget last year and has a sound strategy for growth in its three-year financial plan. Fitzgibbons advised staff and faculty to review that financial plan, which is available online here.
While acknowledging the challenges ahead, especially around the high cost of higher education for families, the president confirmed his deep commitment to building up University salaries – the Board budgeted $1.7 million for salary raises in fiscal year 2019, the largest investment in salaries in the last five years and effective Sept. 1.
“Salary increases will continue to be one of my top operational priorities next year,” Fitzgibbons said.
If you missed the President's State of the University address to faculty and staff on August 22, 2018, you may view it online.
Posted August 23, 2018