Inspire: Mercer's Vision for the Decade Ahead
As we look to the next decade, Inspire envisions Mercer as a world-class research university effectively preparing students for futures in an interdependent global community. Inspire envisions a diverse community of scholars that attracts among the most talented students, faculty and staff who are joined together in their commitment to make a positive difference in the world – who marshal the intellectual capital of the University and the tools of our laboratories and libraries to solve pressing problems addressing humankind. Inspire envisions a University committed to evolving as necessary to meet the needs of our time when the pace of change continues to accelerate. Inspire envisions a vibrant and exciting academic community of innovators, fearless and eager to compete against the best in every worthwhile endeavor. Inspire envisions a place authentically committed to interpreting its founding heritage in a way that meets the needs of humankind.
Inspire builds upon a notable decade of dynamic growth and development for the University. Mercer today stands among the finest private research universities in our nation and enjoys unprecedented institutional momentum. The new strategic plan builds upon this impressive decade of accomplishment by our community.
I am grateful to the thousands of Mercer students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees and friends who joined together over the past two years in this strategic planning process. What we have learned through this process has reaffirmed that Mercer is a special place. It’s a place with a soul – a place authentically committed to doing the right things – a place defined by people committed to using their gifts and talents to change the world. I am confident that we will build on our remarkable past to achieve an even greater future together.
William D. Underwood