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Message of Rick Beyer to the Wheeling Jesuit University Community

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Dear Wheeling Jesuit Community,

I write to you today with great appreciation for Wheeling Jesuit University, and especially each of you. As many of you know, I joined WJU from the business world in October 2010, when I began working closely with Fr. Fleming who has served as University vice president and chief of staff before being named to executive vice president last year.

With the collective engagement and work of our community, we built our strategic plan. We are at record enrollment, our alumni are showing growing support and several new capital initiatives that will add to the luster of campus are underway.

No organization can succeed without a team. Our enrollment growth and successful fundraising are the results of great collaboration. Our expanded Engineering Science, Environmental Science, and Health Science programs are a direct result of the innovation present in our faculty. Our Music, Rugby, Starbucks, and many other initiatives also have come about because of the innovation of others. The experience here at WJU has been tremendous and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such outstanding people.

People in the Wheeling community are among the most genuine in the country, the students are engaged actively in preparing for their futures and there is no bigger fan of the WJU faculty than me. I truly have enjoyed the working relationship and credit the faculty with keeping our program quality at its highest level.

The appointment of Fr. Fleming, who already has worked with so many of you, will allow all that we've built to continue growing. I look forward to working with him on our transition.

Thank you for all that you do and for your support for me as president. Let's continue our great momentum to attract outstanding students to WJU and to make our WJU alumni proud.

Sincerely,

Rick Beyer


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