MANSFIELD - The annual president's breakfast last week gave Mansfield University president Fran Hendricks the opportunity to welcome faculty and staff for the new academic year and introduce himself to many of them for the first time.
Hendricks, a 1979 Mansfield graduate who started in his new position on May 28, told the gathering, "I sought the position of president because of you. It was what you and your predecessors meant to me in preparation for my life's journey. I sought this position because MU develops tomorrow's leaders. To me these are not words on a webpage. These are words that describe how MU prepared me for life. I sought this position to be a part of a team that is making this difference in the lives of others."
Hendricks talked about the challenges Mansfield faces, such as funding cuts and enrollment, and expressed confidence that these challenges would be met.
Fran Hendricks, Mansfield University president, welcomes faculty and staff at the president’s breakfast last week.
"There may be great opportunities available to us if we seek them out," he said. "They likely will not come to us, we need to be aggressive in finding them. You have my word, I'll be on the front line in that effort."
In conclusion, Hendricks said, "Thank you all for your dedication to our university. You are the soul of this university. MU is a very special place and I am privileged, honored and humbled to have the chance to return as your president."
The president's breakfast is the traditional start to University Days; two days of workshops, seminars and meetings held at the beginning of each new semester at Mansfield.
New students arrived on campus Aug. 22, and returning students arrived Aug. 23.
Convocation was held at noon Aug. 23 in Straughn Hall. Jeffrey Bosworth, associate professor of history and political science, was the featured speaker. Fall semester classes began at 8:30 a.m. today.