After arriving at GW, President Thomas LeBlanc found a university community ready to talk about its future.
The next several months brought him on stage in front of hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni for question-and-answer sessions. It took him through residence halls, into research labs and department meetings, and to events where those who wanted had the president’s ear on an issue or opportunity. This input, and the common themes that emerged, shaped the five strategic initiatives that will guide the university’s efforts over the next several years.
Now, the university is focused on making progress in these areas as it approaches its bicentennial in 2021—committing to goals and chronicling the accomplishments that respond directly to feedback from the GW community.
GW students experience the university in many ways—in classrooms, residence halls and student space, through interactions with faculty and staff. Each experience should be positive and students’ GW careers, from enrollment to graduation, should be supported by a service-oriented community that cares about their success.
The aspiration of GW is to be a preeminent comprehensive global research university. GW relies on the support of its alumni, parent and friend communities to advance priorities and sustain the university mission. We are committed to strengthening these GW communities as partners in the success and growth of the university.
With its clinical and academic partners, GW is committed to a strategic planning process and enhanced alignment in its joint pursuit of preeminence as an academic medical enterprise.
The university’s institutional culture affects the experience of each member of its community. GW’s culture should foster and maintain a commitment to service, engagement, belonging and respect, creating a positive, warm and welcoming environment for all.
— President Thomas J. LeBlanc
"We have heard so many great ideas from our community, and now we are transforming those ideas into action as we look toward our bicentennial. With this university-wide effort, we are moving GW forward. Our continued excellence, the new risks we will take and the investments that we will make, hinge on a common understanding:
Together, we raise high."
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