This week, the President’s Cabinet will be holding our annual strategic planning retreat. On Wednesday, June 13 through Thursday, June 14, we will be retreating to Graves Mountain Lodge in beautiful Syria, Virginia. Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an hour west of Fredericksburg, Graves Mountain Lodge provides a rustic and quiet atmosphere where our senior leadership team can gather to review the accomplishments of the past year and establish our strategic objectives for the upcoming 2012-2013 cycle. The Cabinet will utilize this time to grapple with challenges and envision the future for the University of Mary Washington.
On Saturday, June 16, I am honored to be the invited speaker for the commencement ceremony of Washington and Lee High School in Montross, Virginia. The University of Mary Washington has a very special relationship with Washington and Lee High School, as this school is a partner in our James Farmer Scholars Program and our Rappahannock Scholars Program. Both programs are designed to encourage talented and motivated students to pursue a college education. We are excited that several students from Washington and Lee will be enrolling at UMW in the fall. It is also noteworthy that the school’s principal, Mr. David White, is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Mary Washington.