Residents were greeted by new university president Tim Flanagan during move-in. Flanagan and his wife, Nancy, made their first campus appearance on the job at Hewett-Manchester Hall, Watterson Tower, and the West Campus. They met with new and returning students, as well as parents and other staff members. Flanagan says this is one of many opportunities he will use to get to know the campus community.
"I like to meet with students in residence halls," he says. "We attend a lot of athletic events and artistic events and public affairs events and so forth. I like to get out and meet with faculty in their departments. I just like to spend a lot of time listening to people, interacting with people, and hearing people's stories."
Flanagan says he also hopes to reach out to Bloomington-Normal as a whole.
"I look forward to meeting the community leaders--you know the mayor and the council people and the people in the business and governmental community and so forth--because it's a great relationship, and one that I look forward to extending and strengthening," he says.
He says he plans to be busy prior to the start of fall term.
"One of the reasons we were glad we were able to get here last week is so that we could be here for move-in and for convocation and for a lot of the beginning activities and so forth," he says. "We're looking forward to the next week with a great deal of anticipation and excitement."
Flanagan is following in the footsteps of Al Bowman, who retired as university president in May.
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