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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:39 am 
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Dear Tulane Community:

On behalf of the Board of Administrators of Tulane University, I am pleased to announce that we have completed a new contractual agreement with President Mike Fitts that will run through the academic year ending June 30, 2023. Mike’s ability to build on the strong foundation and legacy of Tulane’s success post-Katrina have become apparent to all of us. These past few years that Mike has served as President of Tulane University have been nothing short of transformative. Our national rankings have risen dramatically during this period. Each year our incoming classes have broken records in terms of their academic achievements and their level of civic engagement. The diversity of our incoming classes has also increased substantially as Tulane is attracting top students from all backgrounds.

We have shattered annual fundraising records and launched “Only the Audacious,” the university’s most ambitious quest to endow and secure the future of pioneering research; to recruit and retain the world’s best faculty; to increase scholarships and financial aid to attract the best students from across the globe; and to build on the strategy to create a learning experience powered by innovation, first-hand experience and community service.

Tulane has grown physically under Mike’s leadership, as well, with major building projects such as the expansion of the business school, the transformation of Mussafer Hall, the construction of The Commons, the building of new residence halls and much, much more.

Mike will be the first to tell you that these are not his accomplishments alone but are the product of Tulane’s dedicated faculty and staff, and the amazing leadership team he has recruited and overseen. This includes, in the past three months alone, four new deans, all of whom are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields. These academic leaders join other stellar appointments among faculty, administrators and board members. Like each of you, these leaders are dedicated to the Tulane of tomorrow.

For these and other numerous accomplishments, I am proud of The Board taking early action in securing Mike’s long-term commitment to Tulane. It is a clear testament to how highly we regard, appreciate and value his leadership. Join me in congratulating President Fitts and thanking him for his continued leadership and love of Tulane University.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:02 am 
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A little too hagiographic for my tastes...


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:26 pm 
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ml wave wrote:
A little too hagiographic for my tastes...


I get it, but what's he supposed to say - "we extended him to 5 years out, because he's doing okay?"

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:51 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:36 pm 
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ml wave wrote:
A little too hagiographic for my tastes...


wait till they announce the Fitts Institute.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:06 pm 
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Yankeewave wrote:
ml wave wrote:
A little too hagiographic for my tastes...


wait till they announce the Fitts Institute.

if it's a drinking establishment I'm for it ...


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:36 am 
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ml wave wrote:
A little too hagiographic for my tastes...

Meh; these things always are, and it's milder than the choir spreading rose petals for his predecessor. At least Fitts has been doing a good job so far.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:59 am 
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sr wrote:
Yankeewave wrote:
ml wave wrote:
A little too hagiographic for my tastes...


wait till they announce the Fitts Institute.

if it's a drinking establishment I'm for it ...

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:53 am 
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I must admit that my first impression of Fitts was wrong. My wife and I spent about 20 minutes one-on-one with him in the Tulane tent at Rutgers before it filled up, about 2 weeks after he became president. We had a lot to talk about initially because of the Philly connection but he came off as kind of a schlub. I was used to polished guys like Sheldon Hackney or Navy admirals. Glib, he was not.

Just goes to show you the proof is in what you do, not what you say.

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