interim President's Message: 'committed to the future'

By Dr. Joseph A. Bound / Interim President of Silver Lake College

Joe Bound Picture.jpgI am pleased to be a part of the many exciting changes taking place at Silver Lake College at this time. I have committed my career to the educational ministry of the Catholic Church and have been serving as director of education for the Diocese of Green Bay, a position to which I will return when a permanent president of the college is named. The bonds that Silver Lake College and I forge during my time here will be invaluable.

I wish to assure you that I am committed to the future of this venerable Franciscan Catholic institution as I work with members of the college’s board of trustees and cabinet to find the right person to step into the position of 11th president of Silver Lake College.

We continue to be dedicated to the mission, vision and values of Silver Lake College. What matters to us, first and foremost, is the student experience and strengthening the college’s core hallmark: a quality liberal arts education paired with professional preparation.

We stand united behind the college’s Foundations for the Future strategic plan as we work to shepherd the college forward without losing sight of its past. Part of that strategic plan, a five-year investment plan called Vision 2020, will help ensure the college’s long-term sustainability. Our key initiatives include growing enrollment, enhancing quality academics and expanding awareness of our identity.

The college recently made the transformational move of distinguishing itself as the first Catholic college in the nation to adopt the Work College model, which speaks to educating the whole student.

In addition, the college completed a $1.6 million renovation project housing state-of-the-art learning and laboratory space, which is home to the new four-year traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

The college also accelerated the expansion and development of intercollegiate athletics. Silver Lake College was accepted as a member institution in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

We are confident that Silver Lake College is on a trajectory of growth and a strong future. Thank you to our faculty and staff, as well as all of our students, parents and benefactors for their roles in making Silver Lake College the special place that it is.