Kansas Wesleyan University will inaugurate their 19th president this week, as Dr. Matthew R. Thompson climbs the steps at Pioneer Hall on Friday to take the oath of office.
Dr. Thompson stopped in during the KSAL Morning News on Monday with an update from campus.
Dr. Thompson tells KSAL News that he brings a fresh look to an institution that is celebrating 127 years in higher education, “The needs and skill sets are a little bit different today than they have been maybe five, ten, even twenty years ago,” he said.
“That’s part of what we are focused on, is creating that curriculum for the future. That not only attracts students, but sends them out into the world ready to do great things.”
Thompson arrived in Salina back in April after being hired by the Board of Trustees.
He grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, met his wife while at school in Georgia and returned to his home state to work at Florida Southern University.
“I feel called to this University, to serve our students and the mission of this institution,” he said.
Inauguration ceremonies are expected to draw alumni as well as current faculty and staff on Friday.
The event will be capped off by a carnival-style family celebration open to the community.
Unlimited rides, food, and a performance by The Blades will be just $10 per person.