The annual State of the University Address was held August 17 at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. Interim President and CEO Eddie N. Moore Jr. welcomed returning faculty, staff and a few special guests including members of the Board of Visitors, Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott, and representatives from the Student Government Association and Faculty Senate. Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton gave remarks. “NSU does have a brighter future,” said Holton. “The governor knows this and the General Assembly knows this,” she continued. Holton said that the modern economy requires NSU to be nimble, to be more collaborative and to help students meet future developments in the job market as they happen. “The governor is confident in our future. We are a part of your team. I am proud to be an honorary Spartan today.”
President Moore told the audience that Norfolk State is at a pivotal point in its history. “For 80 years, we have served as a place of opportunity and access for many. Today, we have the opportunity to make a statement by creating a new framework for our success and ensuring another 80-plus years of our existence.” He also said that the university’s future demands that NSU conduct business differently, increase accountability across the board and generate more revenue by implementing creative strategies. Highlights from each university division were shared with the group including the development of the Kwizopia app for Standards of Learning practice; faculty achievements and awards; the new 95-foot communications tower; a new chief of police and public safety; the $5.2 million raised in the 2014 annual campaign and more.
“I believe in my heart that Norfolk State is poised for a brighter future. As we forge onward, every single individual here today has a role to play in the future of this great institution,” said Moore.
To view President Moore’s entire address, visit the NSU website.