Volume 7  Issue # 2
Monday, September 13, 2004

The President's Post
       I am always amazed by negative thinking and cynical naysayers. Fortunately, throughout my life, I have been able to avoid most of the world’s doom and gloomers. Granted, my colleagues at times think I am a bit naïve in my optimism. But I much prefer being encircled in my naiveté than being entrenched in the negativity of others. And that is the reason I love to promote a positive spirit at Ozarks. In this President’s Post and the next two, I will highlight all that we have to be proud about, even in the face of a challenging budget.
   The continued downward economic turn has affected our donor base and donors’ ability to give at the levels they previously had. In Arkansas, the recent 4% drop in family incomes and lower employment rates have caused a hardship for students wanting to attend a prestigious, yet more expensive, private campus like Ozarks. The lackluster economy affects our budget. Yet, despite all of this, we operate effectively, efficiently, and with success.
   In case anyone has forgotten, and for those of you who are new to Ozarks, I want to recap our recent phenomenal progress, and how far we have come in such a short time. Institutional memory is important.
1998 = $28 million
2004 = $59 million
(110% increase)
1998 = 530 students
2004 = 628 students
(18.5% increase)
1998 = 346
2004 = 392
(13% increase)
1998 = 31
2004 = 43
(39% increase)
   We have a great deal to be proud of at Ozarks. Very few campuses have seen the type of progress and successful growth we have. And guess what? Things will continue to get even better. We have much to be grateful for at Ozarks.

Dr. Rick Niece


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