Thank You Dear Contributors,

As we welcome and celebrate one of our largest incoming classes of first-year students in the history of Southwestern, young minds eagerly beginning a four-year journey of learning and creative awakening, we also take great pride in a new year of building and growth for our University and the unmatched opportunities for challenge and meaning enjoyed by all of our students. Accordingly, at this time we pause to express our deep gratitude to the members of our Southwestern University community who make these opportunities a reality and help to amplify our strategic vision of providing an Education for Tomorrow.

As you well know, this institution is devoted to building academic excellence, igniting a passion for lifelong learning, and fostering diverse perspectives among our students. In order to accomplish these significant objectives, Southwestern faculty and staff provide opportunities for students to intentionally engage in such high-impact experiences as student-faculty collaborative research, internships, study abroad programs, and community-engaged learning. As both president and a professor at Southwestern, I have a unique opportunity to see firsthand the transformative impact of these experiences on the lives of our students and the synergies that emerge from the teacher-scholar model. Witnessing their profound intellectual and personal growth, as individuals and members of a community, is both highly rewarding and affirming of our vision and our role as the best liberal arts college in Texas.

These meaningful experiences simply would not be possible without the generosity of you, our contributing alumni and friends. Your gifts enable us to recruit and retain distinguished faculty, provide life-changing opportunities in and out of the classroom for our students, and make Southwestern the unique and uplifting place we all call home.

On behalf of the entire Southwestern community, I thank you for your dedication and your ongoing support of our University. Please continue to think, create, and connect to make meaning and make a difference. I hope that you will grant me the opportunity to express my sincere gratitude in person in the near future. I invite each of you to attend a fine arts performance, athletic event, public lecture series, or any of our many on-campus events and activities throughout the year. Come to reunite with your Southwestern community — alumni, students, faculty, and staff — and see again how your gift is changing lives.

Looking forward,


Edward Burger