This message to GGU alumni will be my last as I am leaving the university for another opportunity. When I arrived 2.5 years ago, I quickly came to appreciate the unique history and mission of GGU. For 123 years, working adults, active military members, and veterans as well as other deserving students with dreams of academic and career success chose this institution to realize their aspirations. They stayed up late, studied on weekends, and came to class at night in search of knowledge, but most importantly, opportunity. Every alum that I have met reflected fondly on feeling that GGU met them where they were and provided them with a practical and relevant education that made a difference in their life, personally and professionally.
GGU is a special place, not only because of the committed faculty and staff who have served our students, but because the alumni have used their education to make a difference in the world. From Dick Rosenberg, former chairman and CEO of Bank of America to Betty Yee, former California State Controller to Roi Ewell, former SeaWorld executive and GGU trustee and thousands of other alumni across the globe, GGU’s influence extends far beyond 536 Mission Street. While the institution faces challenges, the opportunities to continue innovating new degree programs and bringing affordable and accessible education to the world is truly exciting. GGU’s future is strong because of each of you. Your interest, involvement, and investment remain vital to sustaining and enhancing the university’s mission. Be the impact that was born in 1901 and that must continue to make the world a better place. I have been privileged to serve as your vice president for university advancement and wish GGU all the best.