Since joining the university in September 2007, Dr. Max Blouw has encouraged the Laurier community to take stock of its past, to understand its present and to plan for a successful future.
Universities in Canada and abroad are in a period of remarkable transition. A range of social, technological and economic forces are rapidly reshaping the very ways in which we teach, learn and research.
At Wilfrid Laurier University, we are committed to embracing the opportunities that exist in times of change, and we do so with a clear understanding of the university’s strengths, values and traditions.
This understanding was enriched by the Envisioning Laurier process, a consultative research initiative conducted in 2008-09 to determine what our university is today and what it should aspire to be in future.
Our findings made it clear that Laurier is an extraordinary institution with a unique ability to combine teaching and research excellence with a vibrant sense of community and social engagement.
The Envisioning Laurier research was the basis for developing a statement of Values, Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles for the university. It also helped us craft an institutional proposition: Inspiring lives of leadership and purpose. This short, evocative statement captures the essence of what Laurier is and what distinguishes it from other universities. As such, it provides a powerful launch pad for promoting the university and telling the Laurier story.
The pages ahead introduce that story while providing an update on key developments within the university. I think you will agree that Laurier is an exceptional community with a remarkable story to tell. As we approach the university’s centennial in 2011, I invite you to join us in celebrating the Laurier story and sharing it with the world.
Dr. Max Blouw
President and Vice-Chancellor
Wilfrid Laurier University