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Message from President Hawkinson concerning recent State of the System address

Feb. 7, 2017

Dear KU Campus Community,

There have been a number of concerns and questions raised regarding recent comments in the press by State System leaders concerning the state of our university system. 

Please know that discussions regarding the future of the System have been ongoing since last spring, including among legislative leaders and many others both in and outside the State System.  I have full confidence that the Board of Governors and Chancellor Frank Brogan have the best interests of our System and students in mind, as they prepare to consult with all stakeholders in this important initiative to deal with the financial strains on our System from rising costs and reduced resources. This strategic review also will help us ensure our universities are positioned to meet the needs of our students and the Commonwealth into the future.

The university presidents, trustees, Board of Governors members, faculty, staff, students, and others will be consulted throughout the review process and the upcoming study the System will conduct. While closings and/or mergers were mentioned as options that other states have explored as the result of similar reviews, the Board Chair and the Chancellor made it clear that they have no "preconceptions" about what is the right solution for Pennsylvania.  Although we do not yet know the outcomes of this study, we do know that all outcomes will have at their core the needs of the System's current and future students. 

My letter to the KU community the first day of spring semester spoke of the challenges we will face in the coming months and years.  Let me assure you that KU will continue its mission of providing an affordable, high-quality education for many years to come! 

We look forward to participating in this study and are hopeful that the resulting recommendations will help us all deal with the current challenges.  

My best wishes to you all.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
President