August 14, 2023 – SOU President, Rick Bailey says in his August video message to campus that the Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action and LGBTQ+ rights should have a little direct effect on SOU, but the university must assure that everyone not only feels welcome, but also knows that they belong. Student loan debt “is not a behemoth” at SOU, as it is at some institutions, he says, but the university must be mindful, make hard decisions when necessary and be resourceful to keep students’ expenses and debts manageable.
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May 19, 2023 – SOU President Rick Bailey focuses on two thoughts – a paradigm shift and our commitment to who we are – in his May video message to campus and community members. He says it’s time to “stop just playing defense” and look ahead to what the university should look like in 10, 20 or 50 years. And following a recent visit to campus by agitators seeking division – and the civil, pitch-perfect response by students and employees – he urges a daily commitment by the SOU community to “respect for and belief in the fundamental dignity of all people.”
March 29, 2023 – SOU President Rick Bailey circles back to something he mentioned over a year ago in his first video message to campus and community members: that with kindness and unity as a foundation, the university can do anything. He acknowledges that there is turbulence and anxiety, but also opportunity as SOU proceeds with its fiscal realignment. And he thanks campus and the community for their support through all of their connections with SOU.
February 3, 2023 – SOU President Rick Bailey updates the fiscal stability plan and thanks the campus community for thoughtful feedback ahead of the Feb. 16 town hall meeting, where details will be shared. Cost management is one of our for planks, and the other three – reimagining grants, leveraging philanthropy and diversifying revenue – are also keys to SOU’s future. He closes with an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”
December 13, 2022 – SOU President Rick Bailey wishes happy holidays for all, regardless of your traditions or how you celebrate the winter season. The pause between fall and winter terms is a time for celebration and reflection – and a reminder that for everyone from Reading to Roseburg, SOU is your hometown public university.
December 6, 2022 – SOU President Rick Bailey talks with students and employees about the university’s pending fiscal and programmatic realignment in his December video message to campus. President Bailey says he is “pleading with” all members of the campus community to play a role in what he acknowledges will be a painful process of determining the things SOU should stop doing. He promises an open, inclusive and compassionate process that ultimately will strengthen the university’s fiscal foundation and will make SOU a model for universities nationwide to reposition for the future.
September 27, 2022 – SOU President Rick Bailey welcomes students and employees to fall term 2022, in his September video message to campus. President Bailey also lays out the plan to escape a periodic cycle of financial crises that are common at public higher education institutions across the country by reducing reliance on state funding and tuition revenue, and creating new income streams for the university by installing four planks: sustainable energy production, a senior living community, a campus business district and replacement of SOU’s core information system.
June 3, 2022 – Watch SOU President Rick Bailey’s June 2022 campus video message. Topics for the final spring term message from President Bailey include SOU’s Gold rating for Sustainability in Higher Education; long-term fiscal goals and how we will address them; a congratulations to the Southern Oregon University women’s Rugby team for a successful trip to the national championship tournament; the celebration of LGBTQ pride month in June; and SOU’s flag-raising ceremony. President Bailey also welcomes the entire SOU community to join this year’s commencement ceremony.
May 13, 2022 – The topics for president Bailey’s May video message to campus and the region: JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion); Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month; the in person commencement ceremony on June 11 that will pay tribute to classes of 2022, 2021 and 2020; the Juneteenth flag raising ceremony on June 18; collaboration with Ashland and Medford schools, and others throughout the region; and the value of communication – particularly the ideas and opinions of those within the SOU community.
April 15, 2022 – President Bailey shares his thoughts this month on our shared appreciation for SOU’s faculty, sexual assault awareness and prevention, the correlation between student involvement and retention, and our unity in drawing new students to campus.