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In Our 125th Year, A Vision for the Future

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 09/11/2023 - 12:00am

Dear students, faculty and staff members,

This year, the University is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding. And while the past century and a quarter have been monumental, I believe strongly that our best days are yet to come.

Today, we’re launching our 2023-2028 Strategic Plan – “Vision. Louisiana.” – that provides a blueprint for even greater success. 

The plan builds on the University’s current strengths in teaching, learning, research and service. It harnesses the momentum of the past several years to identify opportunities for continued achievement. It reflects the voices of hundreds of faculty and staff members, students, alumni and community members who participated in its creation.

And, like a roadmap, it urges us toward a destination. 

“Vision. Louisiana.” identifies five measurable strategic priorities that will guide the University in the coming years: Academic Excellence; Exceptional Student Experience; Intentional Stewardship; Public Impact Research; and Transformational Community Engagement.

Interwoven throughout these priorities are our shared values of collaboration, collegiality, honesty, integrity, respect and transparency. Enduring commitments to access, opportunity and success, innovation, organizational culture, service and sustainability are represented as well.

Along with providing revised University mission and vision statements, the Strategic Plan directs our path, aligns our work and inspires excellence in all that we do.

“Vision. Louisiana.” is meant to be a living document whose effects will be felt throughout campus and within our wider community. It reflects an institutional ambition unlike any we have seen in our long history.

I am proud of this plan and grateful for the thoughtfulness, diligence and determination that those of you who participated in its creation brought to the process. Your continued support and efforts will be essential to seeing it implemented.

I urge everyone to read “Vision. Louisiana.” It is your plan for your University, and it will move us beyond our 125th year as we continue to address the needs of our community, state, nation and world.

Geaux Cajuns!


Dr. Joseph Savoie