The Jewel of the Southland, GSU Shines in Annual Report
UNIVERSITY PARK, IL – Advancing President Cheryl Green’s goal to increase the visibility of Governors State University, the university recently released the first comprehensive annual report in more than a decade.
“Look @GovState” is a 58-page digital snapshot of the institution’s milestones achieved in FY22 from students excelling in the classroom, to outstanding faculty, to groundbreaking partnerships, to distinguished alumni.
Will Davis, Vice President Institutional Advancement, Development and Marketing & Communications, said the colorful report, chockful of photos and graphics, serves as a building block to tell the Jaguar story and support three pillars – relationships, reputation and revenue.
“As a marketeer, this helps build relationships where more people know our story (and) more people engage with us as students or collaborative partners,’’ Davis recently told the Board of Trustees.
Among the report highlights are stories from each of the university’s four colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences launched a Center for Community Media with a star-studded advisory board that includes leaders from the Chicago Cubs, WGN, and WBEZ.
In the College of Business, thought leaders presented a bold vision for the electric vehicle industry while the College of Education celebrated 10 years of successes training educational and nonprofit leaders. Responding to a tangible need, the College of Health and Human Services forged a partnership with University of Illinois to provide COVID-testing on campus.
Calling the report a “fabulous product,’’ Trustee Jim Kvedaras said it serves a practical need.
“It gives us consistent messaging – about how great Governors State is and to further enhance our reputation,’’ he said.
In the President’s letter, Dr. Green wrote that she was proud of the university’s accomplishments.
“I am so pleased to present the GSU FY22 Annual Report. As we continue to adapt to an everchanging global economy and higher education landscape, I take great pleasure in sharing the successes and initiatives at GSU that showcase our flexibility, adaptability, and innovativeness.”
Look @GovState also looks beyond the classroom to partnerships and programs that elevate the university, including an Arboretum certification by Morton Arboretum, a partnership with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale that will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate in six years. Other annual report gems include awards, accreditations, and talking points for the Board of Trustees and other leaders who engage with potential students and donors.
Click here to read Dr. Green’s letter and the full report. Limited hard copies are also available.