This week, Benedictine University’s Interim President Charles Gregory met with faculty and staff on the Lisle and Mesa campuses to welcome them to the fall semester. On August 21, Mr. Gregory spoke to a crowded auditorium at the Lisle campus, and on August 22, he shared his inaugural remarks with the members of the Mesa employee community.
In his second week of leadership, President Gregory inspired both employee groups with his optimism for the University’ future. Mr. Gregory brings a wealth of institutional knowledge to his position. He joined Benedictine University in 1997 and launched the Mesa, Arizona campus in 2013, where he later retired in 2017 for a career as a higher education consultant. During his years of leadership with the University, he grew enrollment, added academic programs, brought philanthropic contributions, and fiscally stabilized the institution.
“Benedictine University gets in your heart,” said Mr. Gregory. “It is a great feeling to be involved with the Benedictine community again.”
In his remarks, Mr. Gregory emphasized that the University is moving forward in a positive direction. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can change the ending,” said Mr. Gregory.
“We’re going to get better at everything we do because with challenge we find opportunity,” said Mr. Gregory. He encouraged both campus groups to be entrepreneurial and to look for new ways to enhance the student experience. He plans to foster creativity and from that work the University is expected to become even more attractive to prospective students.
In his recent consulting work, Mr. Gregory worked with a university that transformed itself by embracing a community-mindset of service. A renewal of the campus’ cultural values resulted in record-breaking enrollment and increased retention. He spoke of how this success could also be realized by Benedictine University.
Included in Mr. Gregory’s vision for the University is his request for employees to stop making excuses for past missteps. He stressed how the present time is opportune for collaboration and for doing things differently.
“We will invest in Benedictine University excellence,” said Mr. Gregory. “Time is of the essence and we will achieve our goals by investing in strategies that will distinguish us in the market place,” concluded Mr. Gregory.
Moments after the president’s address at the Mesa campus, Mike Benesh said to his colleagues, “There’s no one better than President Gregory to inspire us to reach our best. I am excited to be a part of the University’s success!”
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.