Dear colleagues --
Today is my first official day at Humboldt State University as your new president, and I am thrilled to be here. I very much look forward to meeting all of you, hearing your perspectives about the campus, and learning more about the important work you are doing with and for our students.
During the coming weeks and months, I will be focused on getting to know you and HSU better. If you see me on campus, please stop and say hello. I hope you will share your ideas and insights with me, either in person or on the comment form on the President's Office website. I am very interested in getting a sense of what each of you do and how your contributions fit within our broader university mission and vision.
Today, I'll spend as much time as possible out on campus, introducing myself, exploring, and – of course – getting my exercise! However, I've been reminded that all new employees have a to-do list, so I will also need to get my photo ID and make arrangements for office access and parking.
And I'm glad to know that I won't be the newest administrator on campus for long. As previously announced, Jenny Zorn will be serving as our Interim Provost, and she's starting tomorrow. Dr. Zorn will be on temporary leave from her position at CSU San Bernardino, and she will serve as our Interim Provost through the 2014-15 academic year. Please join me in welcoming her.
I also look forward to having my husband, Dallas Rhodes, and our Doberman, Tango arrive in Arcata. Dallas is overseeing the final stages of putting our Georgia house on the market, leading a workshop at Carleton College, and then driving cross-country with Tango. (Actually, Dallas will be driving. Tango will be panting in his ear for 2,800 miles.) You can be sure they will both be excited to arrive here toward the end of July.
I am deeply honored to be joining this community. Humboldt State is a very special place, and I am committed to working with you to build on that foundation and make our institution even stronger.
With very best wishes,
Lisa A. Rossbacher, Ph.D.