Duquesne University President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty focused on the importance of academic excellence in his annual address to faculty, staff and administration at the 2013 University Convocation on Sept. 12.
Academic excellence is a top priority in the University’s strategic plan, and past convocations addressed two other priorities: the University’s Spiritan identity and mission, and the student experience. The strategic plan, Dougherty explained, “is organized to draw attention to the fact that the heart of what we are is a trinity involving students, faculty and a mission that binds them together.”
He detailed how the University’s academic aspirations for excellence now reach nationally and internationally. “It is no longer sufficient for us to look at regional success,” said Dougherty. With Duquesne faculty committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship, he said, “We seek a balance for achievement in both.”