President Marv Henberg delivers State of the College address
2010. 09. 03.
College of Idaho President Marv Henberg delivered his first “State of the College” address on Thursday to an audience of faculty, staff, trustees and a smattering of students who arrived on campus early for the Fall 2010 term. President Henberg reviewed the College's achievements over his first year as president and outlined three key future initiatives for the College—completion of a new strategic plan, membership in the Northwest Athletic Conference, and a reinvigorated capital campaign for the College.
Among the achievements of the past last year, Henberg noted the considerable progress the College had made toward reducing operating expenses, even in a tight budget year. He said the recent accreditation report for the College noted no new recommendations for the College's fiscal health. He cautioned that more work remained to reduce the College's annual endowment draw to a fiscally prudent level of 4.5 percent. However, with the caveat that final admission figures were still not in, he told the audience he planned to go forward with proposed raises for faculty and staff in 2011.
Regarding the College's new PEAK curriculum, Henberg said, “This College has been bold where others have been complacent,” explaining that PEAK responds to an underlying anxiety college students today have regarding possible job losses and career changes. PEAK addresses this anxiety by educating students with multiple skills, giving them the resilience and self-confidence to adapt, Henberg said. He encouraged all members of the campus community to tout the benefits of PEAK to current and prospective students. “They will experience PEAK nowhere else,” he said.
On the subject of values, Henberg noted the progress the College has made over the past year to improve its environmental stewardship with significant future energy savings thanks to a renovation of Boone Science Hall. Aside from cost savings of $124,000 per year, he noted the reduction in CO2 emissions from the building will be the “equivalent of taking 192 automobiles off the road.”
Regarding future plans, Henberg noted a refreshed strategic plan for the college is needed that includes comprehensive capital, marketing and business plans. A green paper, issued in the spring of 2010, has already received substantial comment. Henberg announced plans to now turn the responses to the green paper over to the Executive Council for final recommendations by the end of the fall semester.
Henberg said apart from the PEAK curriculum, he considered membership in the Northwest Conference, “the single greatest legacy I could leave the College in my tenure” because it would put The College of Idaho in association with its academic peers in the Pacific Northwest. He noted the Board of Trustees had approved pursuit of membership in June, but that acceptance is not guaranteed.
In closing, Henberg announced a plan to revitalize the existing capital campaign for The College of Idaho which has so far raised $105 million toward a $175 million goal. Henberg said the College would re-launch the campaign on February 25, 2011, in conjunction with the College's biennial gala.