Dear Accolades Reader,
I am happy to present another excellent publication highlighting the University’s activities. As I previewed the noteworthy items included in this edition, I was struck by the international perspective of some of USA’s activities.
I think back to 1994 when this institution consisted of a handful of faculty, administrators and students housed in two buildings in the little town of St. Augustine, Florida. These pioneers were building a University that had the potential of having a far reaching impact. They probably did not think about that at the time. They were building curricula, establishing day-to-day practices, setting standards, and living their professional values.
Fast forward to 2013. We are a geographically diverse institution with three campuses in the US and professional activities in many countries. Our faculty have diverse educational and clinical backgrounds. We admit students from across the United States and several countries. These students come to our educational programs with diverse personal experiences that enhance our learning environments, community service projects and professional activities.
As the University has grown in size, our perspective has expanded well beyond the confines of our campus environment. We are an international institution, with far reaching influences. Through our professional expertise, we have much to offer our communities far and wide in the way of health care support and advocacy. I am proud to see our alumni, students, and employees taking those steps to make a difference. I should take this opportunity to thank those early faculty and staff who set us in the right path.
The University’s vision is “to be the leading international university in innovative health sciences education.” Are we there yet? No, but we get closer every day. I know we have the passion, focus, and persistence to work toward this vision.
“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration… and expectation.” – Jack Nicklaus
Wanda Nitsch, PT, PhD