As our campus community gathers to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, I wish to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the Bowie State University faculty, staff, and students for all that you do to enhance our university. Your dedicated efforts enable us to build upon the rich traditions and legacy of success of Bowie State.
It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I extend special thanks to the families, friends, alumni, and benefactors who give tirelessly in support of our mission to provide high-caliber, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities. In truth, Bowie State has a lot for which to be thankful. We exceeded our fall 2013 enrollment with a 2.6% increase from last year, moved into the new state-of-the-art student center, and indentified our first signature program - Education Innovation Initiative (ei2)(http://www.bowiestate.edu/about/office-of-the-president/speeches-writings-and-intervie/presidents-update-first-signat/). I am confident that with the combined efforts of everyone, our unique, vibrant community will continue to excel and expand.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please enjoy the time with your loved ones and return safely and reinvigorated to campus next week.
Mickey and LaVera Burnim