Author and performance psychologist John Eliot aptly summarizes his book Overachievement when he says “You will not do incredible things without an incredible dream.” This is true not only for the nearly 15,000 students who pass through our doors annually, but also for Butler and the communities we serve. But it is not enough only to dream. To become reality, those dreams must be accompanied by great meditation of thought and dedication of action. This was certainly a big year for Butler in terms of transforming dreams into a reality; dreams we never would have imagined just a short time ago.
Who could have dreamed the reality of the new BG Products Veterans Sports Complex? Or Butler’s brand new Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Wichita? Or a much-needed privately built and owned apartment complex dedicated to supplying 192 additional beds for students wanting to live near campus? These are just a few of the achievements we built toward in 2011-12 and they represent the culmination of the strategic priorities we established four years ago to put a focus on student and employee success, community contributions and the effectiveness of Butler as an institution.
As we move forward, we mark the continuous evolution of those priorities with the inclusion of “Big Hairy Audacious Goals.” So what do they look like? Click here to find out.